The historical development of the it-cleft: A comparison of two different approaches

Patten, Amanda (2012) The historical development of the it-cleft: A comparison of two different approaches. Studies in Language, 36 (3). pp. 548-575. ISSN 0378-4177

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Abstract

This paper compares two approaches to a particular grammatical change. While Ball (1991, 1994) investigates the development of the it-cleft configuration from within the generative tradition of the 1990s, I have recently re-examined the historical it-cleft data from a constructional perspective (see Patten 2010, forthcoming). In this paper, I show how our different theoretical assumptions lead us to categorize and analyse the data differently. I conclude that a constructional approach is better at interpreting the diachronic facts.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 10:32
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 11:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11233

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