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Author Ackerlind, Sheila R., 1945-

Title Portuguese : a reference manual / Sheila R. Ackerlind, Rebecca Jones-Kellogg
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xxxv, 340 pages) : map
Contents The portuguese-speaking world; preface and acknowledgments; abbreviations, symbols, and diacritical marks; phonetic symbols; linguistic and grammatical terms in english and portuguese; definitions of linguistic and grammatical terms; orthographic reforms; sound system; oral vowels; oral diphthongs; nasal vowels; nasal diphthongs; portuguese and corresponding spanish vowels and diphthongs; consonants; writing system and accentuation; alphabet; letters used to transcribe portuguese sounds; capitalization; punctuation marks and commonly used typographic symbols; diacritical marks
Forms of addressprepositional pronouns and contractions with prepositions; direct object pronouns; indirect object pronouns; placement of object pronouns; reflexive pronouns and verbs; possessive adjectives and pronouns; demonstrative adjectives and pronouns; contractions of prepositions with demonstratives; relative words; interrogative words; affirmative, negative, and indefinite words; prepositions; verbs and corresponding prepositions; conjunctions; verbs; impersonal and personal infinitive; past participle and compound tenses and forms; passive voice; indicative mood; present tense
Formsuses; present perfect tense; imperfect (preterite perfect) tense; forms; uses; preterite (preterite perfect) tense; forms; uses; preterite versus imperfect; simple and compound past perfect (pluperfect) tense; future tense; future perfect tense; conditional tense; conditional perfect tense; subjunctive mood; present tense; present perfect tense; past (imperfect) tense; past perfect (pluperfect) tense; future tense; future perfect tense; subjunctive in subordinate clauses; subjunctive in noun clauses; subjunctive in adjective clauses; subjunctive in adverb clauses
Syllables and word divisionstress and accentuation; words stressed on the second-to-last syllable (proparoxytones); words stressed on the next-to-last syllable (paroxytones); words stressed on the last syllable (oxytones); portuguese, spanish, and english cognates; cognates; portuguese and corresponding spanish and english sounds and letters; portuguese and corresponding spanish sounds and letters; portuguese and corresponding spanish and english prefixes; portuguese and corresponding spanish and english suffixes; differences in stress between portuguese and spanish cognates
True, partial, and false cognatesgrammatical categories; articles; definite and indefinite articles; contractions of prepositions with articles; nouns and adjectives; adjectives; plural of nouns and adjectives; gender of nouns and adjectives; differences in genderbetween portuguese and spanish noun cognates; placement of adjectives with nouns; diminutives and augmentatives; numbers and numerals; adverbs; comparatives and superlatives; comparisons of equality; comparisons of superiority and inferiority; relative superlatives; absolute superlatives; personal pronouns; subject pronouns
Summary This book is a guide for all who are interested in learning the Portuguese language and mastering its complexities. It supplements the phonetic and grammatical explanations offered in basic textbooks. While it focuses on Brazilian Portuguese, it incorporates European Portuguese variants and thus provides a more complete description of the language. Accessible to non-linguists and novice language learners, as well as informative for instructors of Portuguese and specialists in other languages, this guide incorporates the Orthographic Accord (in effect since 2009-2010), which attempts to standardize Portuguese orthography. The manual reflects the language as it is currently taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by providing detailed explanations of the sound and writing systems and the grammar of the principal Portuguese dialects. A reference guide rather than a textbook, it also provides extensive verb charts, as well as comparisons of Portuguese with English and Spanish
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Text in English and Portuguese
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Subject Portuguese language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English.
Portuguese language -- Grammar.
Genre/Form Textbooks
Form Electronic book
Author Jones-Kellogg, Rebecca.
LC no. 2010048762
ISBN 0292734956 (electronic bk.)
9780292734951 (electronic bk.)