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In this paper we investigate the main linguistic phenomena that can make texts complex and how they could be simplified. We focus on a corpus analysis of simple account texts available on the web for Brazilian Portuguese (BP). This study illustrates the need for text simplification to facilitate accessibility to information by poor readers and by people with cognitive disabilities. It also highlights features of simplification for BP, which may differ from other languages. Moreover, we proposedoi:10.1145/1456536.1456540 dblp:conf/sigdoc/AluisioSPMCF08 fatcat:rmad3lpry5ev3onjpiws3eiyva