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Introduction

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812752
eISBN:
9780199979752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This book is concerned with the unidirectional diffusion of a new grammatical pattern over a growing number of environments as it applies particularly to change within the English system of ... More


Conclusions

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812752
eISBN:
9780199979752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

The preceding analyses have focused on a recurrent pattern of change. Following its emergence, a new pattern spreads to different environments at different times, diffusing over the grammar of the ... More


Gerund Complements

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812752
eISBN:
9780199979752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter presents an extensive case study on diffusional change in the system of complementation, focusing on the most dramatic recent change of this kind in the history of English: the emergence ... More


For…to-infinitives

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812752
eISBN:
9780199979752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

For…to-infinitives are interesting for a number of reasons. First, within the present-day system of complementation, the use of for…to-infinitival complements is fairly regular. ... More


Integrated Participle Clauses

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812752
eISBN:
9780199979752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter explores the present-day use and historical development of integrated participle clauses (IPC), which, as a relatively unsuccessful complement type, figure as an interesting counterpoint ... More


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