Publication details [#61103]

Bladas, Òscar and Neus Nogué. 2016. “Que bé, tu! (« that’s great, you! »)”. An emerging emphatic use of the second person singular pronoun tu (you) in spoken catalan. Pragmatics 26 (3) : 473–500.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
John Benjamins
Journal DOI


This study debates a specific rising and consolidated novel use of the Catalan second person singular pronoun tu from a corpus-based perspective. In the light of Grammaticalisation Theory, it is claimed that while this pronoun preserves all or part of its referential function in some contexts , in others its use is much alike that of an emphatic pragmatic marker. Prosodic evidence shows the pronoun’s semantic and pragmatic changes.