The English it-cleft: a constructional account and a diachronic investigation

Patten, Amanda (2012) The English it-cleft: a constructional account and a diachronic investigation. Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL], 79 . De Gruyter, Berlin. ISBN 9783110277807

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The English it-cleft is noted for its non-standard structure and for its unusual pragmatic and discourse-functional properties. This book presents a constructional account of the English it-cleft which is based on evidence from three main areas: (a) the concept of specificational meaning, (b) the existence of predicational (and proverbial) it-clefts, and (c) the early, historical it-cleft data. Featuring a sizeable diachronic component, the book contributes to the limited (and largely unchallenged) literature on the history of the English it-cleft.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 11:15
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:10

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