Subject: Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics

Scientific Area:



64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Reviewing key concepts and basic Portuguese Language. .
2 - Reflect on the particularities of the Portuguese language spoken in the Autonomous Region of Madeira
3 - Understand the interference of orality in writing.
4 - Reflect on the importance of accentuation, spelling, and punctuation of the agreement for the convenient use of the Portuguese language.
5 - Exercising specific aspects related stress, spelling, and punctuation agreement.
6 - Understand the need for revision of texts produced in various media, including professionals.
7 - Identify errors in current daily use of the Portuguese language.
8 - Self-correcting typos usual in the production of written Portuguese.
9 - Enlist the support materials to improve speaking and writing.
10 - Developing language skills, both phonetic, lexical, morphological, syntactic, propositional and pragmatic.
11 - Adjust the communicative capacity point of view oral and written to different contexts.


1 - Understanding: Deviation or Error
2 - Spelling
3 - Orality vs. Written
4 - Technical Writing and Review


J. G. Herculano de Carvalho , 1983- , Teoria da Linguagem. Natureza do Fenómeno Linguístico e a Análise das Línguas , Coimbra Editora
J. Dubois , 1974 , Dictionnaire de Linguistique , Larousse
O. Ducrot e T. Todorov , 1991 , Dicionário das Ciências da Linguagem , Dom Quixote
J. J. Nunes , 1989 , Compêndio de Gramática Histórica da Língua Portuguesa (Fonética e Morfologia) , Clássica Editora
J. A Peres e T. Móia , 1995 , Áreas Críticas da Língua Portuguesa, , Caminho
H. Walter , 1996 , O Português, in A Aventura das Línguas do Ocidente , Terramar
M. Yaguello , 1997 , Alice no país da linguagem. , Estampa

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
In general, some of the teaching methods foreseen will be the presentation, the commented reading of technical texts, the preparation of reading sheets, the thematic discussion with the problematization of several issues, the joint analysis of the collected information, the individual and collective execution of Exercises. As regards the evaluation of the course, it will result from the average of the values obtained in the following evaluation elements: a- Frequency 1 - 200 points (50%) - parts 1 and 2 of the program contents and b- Frequency 2 - 200 points (50%) - parts 3 and 4 of the program content. The Complementary Period Appeal Exam will serve to recover the worst negative grading obtained during the semester. Alternatively, if the number of students allows it, there will be a frequency and a research work.