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

Patten, Amanda (2014) The historical development of the it-cleft: A comparison of two different approaches. In: Theory and Data in Cognitive Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 87-114. ISBN 9789027242556

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Abstract

This chapter 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, 2012). In this chapter, 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: Book Section
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 11:07
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 16:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18366

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