QLVL members - Pedro Pulquério Vieira


Pedro Pulquério Vieira studied Portuguese Studies (linguistics and literature) at the Portuguese Catholic University, in Viseu, Portugal. He received his bachelor degree (licenciatura) in 2007. At the end of 2008 he began his PhD investigation in Portuguese Linguistics, within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics, both at the Faculty of Philosophy of the same university, located in Braga, and at the QLVL research unit of the University of Leuven, Belgium.



E-mail: pulquerio.pedronuno@gmail.com
Phone: ++32 16 32 48 22
Fax: ++32 16 32 47 67
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.39 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



Pedro's PhD research aims to offer a conceptual explanation for the selection of the indicative and the subjunctive in European Portuguese subordination contexts. Cognitive Linguistics in general and, more precisely, Cognitive Grammar in particular, provides the theoretical background that allowed Pedro to identify the conceptual motivations for selecting each mood. In a nutshell, he is revisiting the traditional Kiparsky and Kiparsky's notion of factivity and submitting it to a conceptual approach, where it is addressed as a gradable category that can be construed in terms of emphasis and attenuation. His claim is that the choice of mood is related to this conceptual manipulation of the subordinated event's factivity: the indicative is selected to emphasise an event's factivity whereas the subjunctive is selected in contexts where that factivity is to be attenuated.

Representative publications

Pulquério Vieira, P., Soares da Silva, A. and Geeraerts, D. "Construing factivity: mood alternations in epistemic contexts". 2012 Mathesis, 21, pp. 103 - 128.