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Va a ser que no. The Spanish periphrastic future construction as refutative and assertive marker

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

This study seeks to gain a better insight into the origin and expansion of the construction (lit. goes to be that YES/NO) in Peninsular Spanish. We argue that this construction derives from the use of the periphrastic future construction in a pseudo-cleft sentence whose subject is a deictic element or an element that conveys the speaker’s attitudinal assessment of the propositional content expressed in the attribute, a complement que-clause. The etymological structure evolves through a process that formally implies the suppression of the explicit subject and the fusion of the components va a ser que leading to the conventionalization of refutative and assertive values. To demonstrate this directionality, we examine recent stages of change and develop syntactic and semantic-pragmatic arguments grounded in a data-based approach.
Journal: Belgian Journal of Linguistics
ISSN: 1569-9676
Issue: 1
Volume: 34
Pages: 1 - 17
Publication year:2020