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The contrastive connector ‘but’ is rigidly sentence-initial in most Spanish varieties. However, at least three Spanish dialects allow locating it at the end of a sentence. This paper discusses the properties of as attested in the dialect spoken in Bahia Blanca (Argentina), i.e., the so-called . First, I demonstrate that cannot be reduced to superficially similar phenomena in Spanish. Then, I offer a comparison between and its sentence-initial counterpart showing that they share a number of non-trivial characteristics but also differ in relevant regards. Based on these properties, I advance an account of the phenomenon according to which instances of that express concessivity may optionally attract the CP projection to their left. While the analysis does not cover all properties of , it highlights aspects of the syntax of connective particles that require further investigation.


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