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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós

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Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.

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Aline BAZENGA: Variation in subject-verb agreement in an insular variety of European Portuguese

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In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Pic- ture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 327-348. Aline BAZENGA (Universidade da Madeira, Portugal) aline@uma.pt Variation in subject-verb agreement in an insular variety of European Portuguese Abstract This paper examines the subject-verb agreement variation in one of the varieties of European Portuguese, taking into account previous propos- als/accounts for other varieties of Portuguese, in order to gain a better understanding of the factors influencing grammatical patterns in varie- ties of Portuguese. The present study focuses on the verbal agreement in the third person plural (or 3PL), using data from a corpus of sociolin- guistics interviews recorded in 2010 with 21 residents of Funchal, the capital of Madeira Island, Portugal. These results provide more data for the discussions about the variable subject-verb agreement in the varie- ties of Portuguese (African, Brazilian and European Portuguese varieties) and contribute to sketch a continuum of such varieties in the Lusophone space. 1. Introduction This paper is structured as follows. First, a brief overview of the historical development of Portuguese in Madeira will be given, and the sociolinguistic con- ditions that led to the emergence of the insular dialect characterizing the pre- sent linguistic situation in Madeira will be presented. Then, a overview of previ- ous variationist researches on subject-verb agreement in 3PL in different varie- ties of Portuguese and the most frequent patterns of subject-verb agreement in EP will be given. After that, a...

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