Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 16:53:41 +0200
From: Michal Lisecki
Subject: albeit - a conjunction, yet it's a clause

Dear linguists and natives of English,

One of the lecturers at my University (U. of Silesia, Poland) focused his
academic interest on the phenomenon of the conjunction/clause "albeit."
He investigates various occurances of this item as occuring throughout ages.

e.g. al [be] it, al be thow, albeit it be, albeit that, etc.
In this way he came across a use of "albeit" as a sort of separate standing
clause like in the example below.

e.g. Analysts are predicting the company will return to profit this year,
*albeit their pre-tax projections are* for a figure of only #500.000

Yet, even more strange occurence he came accross came from latest quality
papers where he found the following form occur for which he finds no
justification or explanation:

e.g. But the real reason Buckingham Palace has thrown its gilded gates open
(*albeit it* for a hefty #8 per head) is that the Prince of Wales has been
lobbying hard for such a move.)

e.g. Yet she had lived long enough, *albeit it* in her mother's womb.

I was wondering if any of you, as native speakers of English and/or
qualified linguists at the same time, find any justification and explanation
for the use of *albeit it* form in the above example.

I am just an undergraduate, about to finish my MA thesis in June, but I got
interested with the topic enough in order to ask the question.
At the same time, I am almost sure that he himself would be willing to
discuss any aspects of the use of *albeit* as it was a point of his interest
about four years ago [8 ICEHL Edinburgh, 19-23 September 1994: _Albeit_ a
conjunction, yet it is a clause: a counterexample to undirectionality
If any of you is interested I could pass down your email to him.

Thanks in advance.
tafn mike
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