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Chapter 7. The comitative-copular basis of possessive-existential constructions in Brazilian Portuguese

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Abstract

This paper shows that some properties of possessive and existential sentences in Brazilian Portuguese can be properly explained if the possessive-existential verb <i>ter </i>‘have’ is derived by the combination of the features associated <i>with </i>estar ‘be’ and the features corresponding to the comitative preposition <i>com </i>‘with’. I will concentrate on the following facts: (i) the thematic parallelism between<i>ter</i>- and <i>estar com-</i>clauses in possessive and existential domains; (ii) the restrict interpretation of null possessors in <i>ter</i>-constructions; and (iii) the emergence of <i>ter </i>as an existential verb in Brazilian Portuguese, but not in European Portuguese.

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