Volume 34, Issue 1
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This study seeks to gain a better insight into the origin and expansion of the construction <> (lit. goes to be that ) in Peninsular Spanish. We argue that this construction derives from the use of the periphrastic future construction < ‘go to’ + > 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 -clause. The etymological structure evolves through a process that formally implies the suppression of the explicit subject and the fusion of the components 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.


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