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What is closer to 16th century Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese or Portuguese from Portugal?

As you have mentioned sound, let us restrict the discussion to Portuguese phonology, and simply go through some features by area. Most of this gleaned from bits and pieces across several sources, so I ...
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Source of Greek long alpha

Yes, this is due to the loss of a nasal: -ans > -ās. The vowel becoming longer when a following consonant disappears is called "compensatory lengthening" and is especially common in ...
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History of "have", "avoir", "haben", etc. as auxiliary

Portuguese has an original pluperfect from Latin and a compound pluperfect tense, e.g. partíramos / tinhamos partido = we had left. The simple pluperfect is gradually becoming a literary form. 'ter' ...
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