Concessive constructions, Natural Logic and Social Representations

  • Melanie Salgado Linguistics Postgraduate Programme, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Keywords: social representations, discourse, concessive constructions, natural logic


In this paper we argue that it could be methodologically fruitful to integrate tools of discourse analysis, argumentation theory, Natural Logic and SR in a theoretical and analytical framework. To support this hypothesis, we try to show that concessive structures, as linguistic units, activate natural logic operations. Therefore, they play a specific role in schematisation. We also evaluate the idea that searching for linguistic structures that function as triggers of certain logical discursive operations would constitute an important contribution to the studies and work on discourse analysis, Natural Logic and SR. This article neither presents the results of an investigation nor does it systematically explore the state of the art of a certain field, but it evaluates the potential of the aforementioned approach by reviewing some examples and it also offers a critical discussion of such a proposal.

Author Biography

Melanie Salgado, Linguistics Postgraduate Programme, National Autonomous University of Mexico

MELANIE SALGADO has a degree in Hispanic Language and Literature and a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is currently a doctoral student in the Doctoral Program in Linguistics of the UNAM in Mexico City (CDMX). His interests are focused on the analysis of presidential political discourse and the use of polyphony, the echoic uses of language and the valuation in the discursive construction of representations and images of allies and discursive enemies.


MELANIE SALGADO es Licenciada en Lengua y Literaturas Hispánicas y Maestra en Lingüística Aplicada por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Actualmente es alumna del doctorado en el Progama de Doctorado en Lingüística de la UNAM en la Ciudad de México (CDMX). Sus interes se concentran en el análisis del discurso político presidencial y el uso de la polifonía, los usos ecoícos del lenguaje y la valoración en la construcción discursiva de representaciones e imágenes de aliados y enemigos discursivos.