Volume 7 (2017)
The multifunctionality of Papiamentu pa and its similarities with Vernacular Brazilian Portuguese
(The University of the West Indies - Cave Hill)
Papiamentu (PA) element pa covers a
broad array of functions, operating as a preposition, a mood marker and a
complementiser. Lefebvre and Therrien (2007) compare the functions of PA pa to those of para in standard Portuguese (PT), noting that the 15 functions of pa they identify do not match up with
the significantly fewer functions of PT para.
In this study, it is argued that the functions claimed by Lefebvre and Therrien
(2007) to be shared by PA pa and PT para are not without questions.
Moreover, we offer a comparison between PA pa
and pra in Vernacular Brazilian
Portuguese (VBP), showing that these two elements share all 15 functions
identified by Lefebvre and Therrien (2007). Finally, we offer an account as to
why this sharp discrepancy exists between the results of the PA pa - PT para.
Vernacular Brazilian Portuguese, multifunctionality of Papiamentu pa
, origins of Papiamentu