Patrícia Amaral

List of John Benjamins publications for which Patrícia Amaral plays a role.

Book series


Portuguese-Spanish Interfaces: Diachrony, synchrony, and contact

Edited by Patrícia Amaral and Ana Maria Carvalho

Subjects Comparative linguistics | Romance linguistics | Theoretical linguistics


Amaral, Patrícia 2023 Revisiting verbs and pluralityVerb and Context: The impact of shared knowledge on TAME categories, Rodríguez Rosique, Susana and Jordi M. Antolí Martínez (eds.), pp. 19–40 | Chapter
This chapter examines a frequentative periphrasis found in Brazilian Portuguese (BP), formed by the verb viver ‘to live’ and a verb in the gerund, and analyzes its aspectual and evaluative properties. Building on data from contemporary BP (Corpus NILC/São Carlos and Twitter), it is proposed that… read more
Amaral, Patrícia, Hai Hu and Sandra Kübler 2023 Tracing semantic change with distributional methods: The contexts of  algoDiachronica 40:2, pp. 153–194 | Article
This paper uses the tools of distributional semantics to investigate the semantic change of algo from a noun meaning ‘goods, possessions’ and an indefinite pronoun ‘something’ in the Medieval/Classical period of Spanish to an indefinite pronoun and degree adverb ‘a bit’ in contemporary Spanish.… read more
Amaral, Patrícia, Zuoyu Tian, Dylan Jarrett and Juan Escalona Torres 2023 Tracing semantic change in Portuguese: A distributional approach to adversative connectivesJournal of Historical Linguistics 13:1, pp. 1–34 | Article
This study uses word embeddings to investigate the semantic changes underlying the creation of two adversative connectives in Portuguese, porém and mas ‘but, however’. For porém, we chart its development from an original PP formed by a preposition with a causal meaning (por) and a demonstrative… read more
This paper analyzes the syntactic and semantic changes undergone by the PP sin embargo ‘without obstacle/impediment’ as it develops its clause-taking properties in Spanish from the 12th to the 16th centuries, essential for its further reanalysis as a concessive connective. We argue against an… read more
This paper provides a semantic analysis of the particles afinal (European Portuguese) and alla fine (Italian) in terms of the notion of truth unpersistence, which can be situated at the intersection of epistemic modality and discourse structure. In the analysis proposed, the particles are… read more
This paper analyzes the properties of the Present Perfect in Barranquenho/Barranqueño, a contact variety spoken in the southern border of Portugal and Spain. In this variety, the Present Perfect displays a mixed structure: while the forms of auxiliary and participle are from Portuguese, its range… read more
Amaral, Patrícia 2016 When something becomes a bit Diachronica 33:2, pp. 151–186 | Article
This paper analyzes the mechanisms of syntactic and semantic change involved in the development of the degree modifier algo “a bit, a little” in Spanish from an indefinite pronoun with inanimate reference meaning “something”. Specifically, it focuses on the distribution of the pronoun in the… read more
Amaral, Patrícia and Ana Maria Carvalho 2014 IntroductionPortuguese-Spanish Interfaces: Diachrony, synchrony, and contact, Amaral, Patrícia and Ana Maria Carvalho (eds.), pp. 1–8 | Article
This paper analyzes a non-temporal interpretation of the adverb sempre “always” in European Portuguese and Italian, in which the adverb expresses persistence of the truth of a proposition over time and displays specific contextual constraints (TP-sempre). Despite an overlap in the contexts in which… read more
Amaral, Patrícia and Chad Howe 2010 Detours along the perfect pathRomance Linguistics 2009: Selected papers from the 39th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Tucson, Arizona, March 2009, Colina, Sonia, Antxon Olarrea and Ana Maria Carvalho (eds.), pp. 387–404 | Article
The development of periphrastic past constructions in Romance, including those that do not take a reflex of Latin habĒre as an auxiliary, has been analyzed along a continuum from a resultative construction to a perfect, and in some cases to a perfective (see Harris 1982; Fleischman 1983). This… read more
In this paper I provide a diachronic analysis of the lexeme mal, and I argue that the synchronic polysemy found in contemporary European Portuguese corresponds to different stages of the semantic change of the lexeme. Principles of diachronic pragmatics and semantic change are employed to detail… read more
Macário Lopes, Ana Cristina and Patrícia Amaral 2006 From Time to Discourse Monitoring:agora and então in European PortugueseTopics in Subjectification and Modalization, Cornillie, Bert and Nicole Delbecque (eds.), pp. 3–18 | Article