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Portuguese-Lexified Creoles

"Regarding the structures found in the Portuguese-lexified creoles, we can assume that there was initially naturalistic language acquisition in the sense of Klein and Perdue (1992, 1997), whereby speakers of African and Asian languages in contact with Portuguese colonizers initially came up with individual solutions to communication. ..." – By J. Clancy Clements

Nonpassive Verbal Periphrases in the Romance Languages

"The renewed interest in the field in recent years has two sources. On the one hand, research on grammaticalization has emphasized the importance of periphrases for our understanding of the way in which exponents for grammatical meanings emerge diachronically from lexical constructions. On the other hand, work in generative syntax (in the so-called cartographic approach) has taken periphrases as evidence for the postulated existence of highly articulated functional layers above a core verb phrase headed by a lexical verb. ..." – By Brenda Laca

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