In BP this velarized pronunciation used to be 46 2 Sounds considered standard until the middle of the twentieth century, and can be heard in recordings from the s and s. As mentioned above, it is not unusual for two or more allophones to occur in the speech of the same speaker. Every syllable has a nucleus N , which in Portuguese must be a vowel or a diphthong. Portuguese syllable types may be represented as in Table 2.
The onset may have a single consonant C or a cluster of two specific consonants, C1 C2. As shown in Table 2. Phonetically, however, such a sequence is simply a nasal vowel. Phonotactic divergences between BP and EP account for minor differences in syllable structure. In EP consonant clusters other than those shown in Table 2. A word-final consonant forms a new syllable by linking with the initial vowel of the following word. The occurrence of two vowels over a word boundary may have different results Bisol , We will consider only a few cases.
Identical unstressed vowels may be pronounced in separate syllables or fused into a single syllable: 50 2 Sounds Table 2. Stress, mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, is the phonetic correlate of shifts in articulatory and respiratory intensity, caused by increased muscular activity during the production of a given syllable relative to neighboring syllables. Monosyllables uttered in isolation cannot be said to have stress.
There are also cases of stress on the fourth syllable from the last. In BP, this includes words with a consonant sequence such as pt or tn, which, as noted earlier 2. Such secondary stress is variable and more likely to occur when emphasis is intended.
Pitch is the auditory correlate of the frequency of vibration of the vocal cords, and physiologically, it relates to the degree of tension of the cords as they vibrate. In Portuguese as in English, pitch variation plays a distinctive role at sentence level, combining with stress to create melodic contours, referred to as intonation, which signal whether an utterance is a statement, a question, or a command.
Unfortunately, of all the aspects of prosody, it is the least amenable to verbal description, and full control of intonation in a foreign language can only be acquired by carefully listening to and imitating appropriate models. A few generalizations, however, can be made. Pitch variations in Portuguese have traditionally been described in terms of three levels, labeled low 1 , mid 2 , and high 3 Staub , Rameh , Ellison and Gomes de Matos , Azevedo a.
An extra high 4 level is associated with emphasis. In English tempo patterns involve the alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Other languages use different units, such as short vs. Languages used to be classified as having either syllable-timed rhythm like Italian or Spanish or stress-timed rhythm like English or Dutch. Some phoneticians, however, have pointed out that language comparison fails to support such a dichotomy. Nooteboom and Ladefoged suggested that whether a language has variable or fixed stress is more important as far as characterizing rhythm is concerned.
The traditional view of syllable-timed rhythm has to do with a relatively even distribution of stressed and unstressed syllables of approximately the same duration. Stress-timed rhythm, in turn, involves distribution of stressed syllables along even intervals, with the unstressed syllables clustered between two stresses. While consensus has yet to be reached, scholars agree that EP belongs to the stress-timed type Cruz-Ferreira Whilst a comparison of sufficiently large samples of the two varieties of Portuguese has yet to be carried out, it is apparent that striking differences in rhythm patterns obtain between them.
In BP differences in duration between stressed and unstressed syllables seem linked to emphasis. In EP, on the contrary, unstressed vowels are systematically shorter than stressed ones and may be deleted in unmonitored speech, causing rhythm to be stress-timed.
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How meaning-bearing phone sequences are organized is the subject of morphology, which will occupy us in the next chapter. Are they single words or combinations of two or three words? In words like carros or senhores, we recognize two formants. The morpheme plural, for instance, has the allomorph -s in casas, carros and 55 56 3 Words the allomorph -es in rapazes, mulheres.
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We will use boldface to distinguis morphemes from words as necessary. Like morphemes, words are either grammatical or lexical. Adjective gender inflection follows a few general rules, though there are exceptions. Since this change in vowel quality cannot be predicted, words of one type or another have to be learned individually. Table 3. The plural of nouns and adjectives is formed on the singular according to regular rules, with some exceptions. Grammar manuals prescribe one or another, but there is no definitive study on actual usage.
The definite article is usually anaphoric, i. The demonstratives est-, ess-, aquel- form a three-point system to signal what is near the speaker est- , near the hearer ess- , or distant from both aquel-. Demonstratives show gender by the endings -e, -a and have regular plural formation. The demonstratives isto, isso, aquilo, on the other hand, refer to an object or an aggregate that has been mentioned or that is apparent from the context.
Aquele meu guarda-chuva velho sumiu. E aquele seu? What about that one of yours? This array covers all possibilities, but in actual usage it is restructured in ways that will be commented on in Chapter 7. Third person pronouns, singular as well as plural, inflect for gender with both the subject and direct object, and for number alone with the indirect object. Neither P1 nor P2 P3sg nos P3pl vos si consigo os, los, nos m.
A Mara e o Joaquim chegaram ontem. Other verbs have five do does did done doing , four come comes came coming , three put puts putting , two can could or just one ought must. By contrast, most Portuguese verbs have several dozen forms, neatly arrayed in six-packs called tenses. Despite such morphological luxuriance, they are quite systematic and can be mastered with a bit of perseverance and time. In this section we will cover the main aspects of verb tense formation. A verb is referred to and listed in dictionaries by its citation form, the infinitive, which shows the theme vowel followed by the infinitive marker -r, and so we refer to -ar, -er, and -ir verbs.
The historical reason for this is mentioned in section 5.
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The endings of the -er and -ir conjugations overlap somewhat, and most irregular verbs have tenses that form regular subsets. It also leads a ghost existence in certain formal oratorical styles or as the prescribed epistolary form in the Brazilian military. Furthermore, familiarity with these forms helps one understand older literary texts. The theme T includes the stem, which carries the lexical meaning, plus one of the theme vowels a, e, i. The tense—mood desinence TMD identifies the tense and the mood, and the person—number desinence PND assigns a verb form to one of the persons of discourse.
This is exemplified in Table 3. Some forms lack one or more of these formants, and a handful of high-frequency irregular verbs will be dealt with in 3. Verb tenses are grouped into three categories called moods, namely indicative, subjunctive, and imperative. There are also three non-finite or uninflected tenses, viz. In verbs with the infinitive in -ar, the theme vowel TV is -a throughout, but in verbs with the infinitive in -er or -ir, the theme vowel is either -e or -i, depending on the specific tense.