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Complementos finitos e infinitivos dos verbos perceptivos: iconicidade linguística e subjectificação
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2007 (English)In: Revista Portuguesa de Humanidades: Estudos Linguísticos, ISSN 0874-0321, Vol. 11, no 1, 251-283 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present paper is a qualitative study on finite and infinitive complements of the perception verbs ver ouvir and sentir in European Portuguese. Departing from a cognitive perspective of language, the paradigm of Cognitive Grammar (Langacker 1987, 1991), the paper claims that these complements present significant conceptual differences. On the one hand, the structure perceptive verb + infinitive complement often designate direct sensorial perception with the main verb. On the other hand, the finite complements tend to denote an inferential process. It is argued that these differences can be explained by the notion of iconicity: a greater formal distance and complexity matches a greater conceptual distance and complexity. Further, by designating an inferential process between the linguistic units, the structure main verb + finite complement shows evidence of a higher degree of subjectification than the structure with infinitive complements. The original meaning where the main verb denotes the subject’s direct and sensorial perception is replaced by the speaker’s/conceptualizer’s mental and inferential process.

Keywords: complementation; Cognitive Grammar; iconicity; inference; subjectification; perception verbs.

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2007. Vol. 11, no 1, 251-283 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13679OAI: diva2:180199
Available from: 2008-04-24 Created: 2008-04-24 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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