FUNKNET Digest, Vol 47, Issue 3

Guillermo Soto Vergara guillermosotovergara at
Tue Aug 7 17:41:27 UTC 2007

Hi, Martin:

In Spanish you can use the adverb "entonces" (then) as a
conjunction/discourse marker meaning consequence, 'in that case', etc.
You can use it in if-clauses:
Si te gusta Discovery Kids, entonces conoces bien que es "Lazytown"
(If you like Discovery Kids, then you surely know Lazytown).

The preposition "desde" (since) can be used in topicalizations to mean
the speaker's point of view, perspective, opinion:
Desde mi punto de vista, estás en lo cierto.
(From my point of view, you are right).

The adverb "mientras" (while) can be used as a discourse marker
meaning "instead", "by contrast":
Juan estudia, mientras que tú no haces nada de provecho (Diccionario
de la Real Academia Española)
(John studies/ is studying, by contrast you don't do anything worthwile)

It also can be used in constructions "the more... the more":
Mientras más tiene, más desea ((Diccionario de la Real Academia Española))
(The more he/she has, the more he/she wants)


Guillermo Soto
Universidad de Chile
gsoto at

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> Dear Funknetters,
> I am interested in temporal expressions (such as tense markers or temporal
> adverbs) that have acquired non-temporal meanings. Well-known examples of
> this are English concessive 'while' and causal 'since'. I'd like to hear off-
> list from people studying such elements in other languages. As long as there
> will be enough responses I could be coerced into organizing some sort of
> joint effort.
> Thanks, --Martin
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