Edited by Jorge Fernández Jaén and Herminia Provencio Garrigós
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 25] 2020
► pp. 222–235
In substance, they came from above
On the acquisition of discourse particles in Medieval Spanish
This paper presents a study on discourse particles in the history of the Spanish language. The research focuses on explaining the socio-cultural context which led to the appearance of some particles by means other than those contemplated in the theory of grammaticalization. By monitoring the history of the discourse particle en sustancia we explain how many of the changes undergone in the Spanish language in the plane of textual construction came from above, were taken directly from the medieval Latin of books and inserted into communicative distance texts, subsequently spreading to become standard.