Recurrent processes in the evolution of concessive subordinators in Spanish and Catalan

Manuel Perez Saldanya, Jose Ignacio Hualde

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Concessive conjunctions show a tendency to be often recycled and replaced along certain specific grammaticalisation patterns. Here, after examining those general properties of concessive conjunctions that explain their historical instability, we focus on the history of two such elements in Spanish and Catalan. First, we trace the semantic development of Spanish aunque/Catalan encara que from conditional concessive ('even if ') to purely concessive ('although') and even, in some contexts, adversative ('but'). Secondly, we consider the trajectory of Spanish puesto que, which is first attested with conditional concessive value ('provided that', 'even if ') and only later became a causal conjunction ('since'), apparently at odds with the standard pattern of development that we see in other cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Historical Ibero-Romance Morpho-Syntax
EditorsMiriam Bouzouita, Ioanna Sitaridou, Enrique Pato
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789027200457
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameIssues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
ISSN (Print)2213-3887


  • Catalan
  • Causal
  • Concessive
  • Conditional
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Spanish
  • Subordination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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