Imre Békési:
A theoretical–empirical analysis of restriction and concession

Similarly to its predecessor (Békési 2003), this paper is a study of two inter-related types of contrast, restriction and concession. The theoretical part of my paper takes an example from E. Rudolph (Rudolph 1996, 393) as a starting point. By swapping the constituents making up the example, a paradigm with four components is established. This paradigm is then applied to an analysis of two further examples. The first simply serves to confirm the applicability of the paradigm to empirical studies. The second example is used to draw more far-reaching conclusions. Here, contrast appears embedded in a causal structure (first, as a precedent, then as a succedent). The empirical analysis demonstrates that contrast, if embedded, can function only as concession, not as restriction.

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