Bare Nominals in Brazilian Portuguese: more on the DP/NP analysis

Sonia Cyrino, M. Teresa Espinal

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© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. In this paper we claim that Bare Nominals in Brazilian Portuguese come in two shapes. Real BNs, by which we mean bare count nouns not specified for number and definiteness, correspond to NPs that can only occur as objects of a reduced class of predicates (namely, those that express a have-relation) and are interpreted as property-type expressions. Other BNs can be definite and, although not morphophonologically specified for number, they are DPs with null Determiners morphosyntactically specified for Number features and are interpreted as entity-type expressions. We base our analysis on the distribution and meaning of BNs, by comparing BrP with other Romance languages, mainly (Old and Modern) French on the one hand, and Spanish and Catalan on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-521
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


  • Bare nominals
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • DP/NP structures
  • Null Determiner
  • Number features
  • Romance languages

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