Portuguese Morphology

Academic year
Subject Area
Portuguese Linguistics
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Portuguese B2.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical and practical classes combine teacher lectures with practical exercices to use the analytic tools provided and with the reading and discussion of bibliography. Oral presentations by students are encouraged, as well as interactive tasks and dealing with empirical data.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the semester the student is expected to:

- Master basic concepts of morphological theory;

- Describe and analyze the morphology of Portuguese;

- Apply the learned contents to specific situations, namely, teaching and research;

- Reflect critically on the syllabus contents.

Work Placement(s)



1. Morphology.

1.1. Definition fo Morphology.

1.2. Place of Morphology in Grammar.

1.3. Morphological analysis: units and hierarchies.

1.4. Inflectional and derivational morphology.

1.5. Word classes.

2. Inflectional morphology of Portuguese.

2.1. Noun/adjetive inflection and noun/adjective agreement: number and gender. Regular and irregular patterns.

2.2. Verb inflection in Portuguese: tense, aspect, mood, person, number. Verb inflectional patterns. Irregular verbs.

2.3. Word stress and morphological structure.

3. Derivational morphology of Portuguese. Word formation processes in Portuguese.

3.1 Word formation processes: addition, supression and reduction.

3.2. Types of affixation.

3.3. Compounding: patterns of compounding  in Portuguese.

Head Lecturer(s)

Rui Abel Rodrigues Pereira

Assessment Methods

Periodic Assessment
Mini Tests: 25.0%
Other: 25.0%
Frequency: 50.0%

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%


Azuaga, L. (1996). Morfologia. In: I. H Faria et al. Introdução à Linguística Geral e Portuguesa. Lisboa: Caminho, pp.215-244.

Booij, G. (2010) Construction Morphology. Oxford, OUP.

Câmara Jr., J. M. (1996). Estrutura da língua portuguesa. 25ª ed.. Petrópolis. Rio Janeiro: Vozes.

Coates, R. (1999). Word Structure. London, NY: Routledge.

Duarte, I. (2000). Língua portuguesa. Instrumentos de análise. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.

Mateus, M. H. M. et al. (2003). Gramática da língua portuguesa (5ª ed. rev.). Lisboa: Caminho. Parte V.

Rio-Torto, G. (1998). Morfologia Derivacional. Teoria e Aplicação ao Português. Porto: Porto Editora. 

Rio-Torto, G, et al. (2016). Gramática derivacional do Português. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra. 2ª ed.

Rodrigues, A. (2012). Exercícios de Morfologia do Português. München: Lincom.

Veloso, J. (2016) Caderno de Exercícios de Morfologia. Porto: FLUP

Villalva, A. (2008). Morfologia do Português. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.