In this chapter, the rise and grammaticalization process of the adverbial connective elements aber and allerdings are discussed. Aber ‘but, however’, one of the oldest connectives, is attested in OHG as a VP adverb with restitutive meaning and as an IP adverb with repetitive meaning. Through a reanalysis, aber has come to be newly defined as an exponent of the category Coordination Phrase (CoorP). However, aber is only syntactically a coordinative element in the very first position. In other positions, it is syntactically an adverbial and semantically a coordinative element. The second adverbial connective considered in this chapter, i.e. allerdings ‘however’, has undergone a similar development from a VP adverb to a sentence adverb and later to a connective element. However, allerdings is syntactically still an adverbial element, also in the first position.
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