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

Amanda Patten

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and Data in Cognitive Linguistics
EditorsNikolas Gisborne, Willem Hollmann
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Pages87-114
Number of pages262
ISBN (Print)9789027242556
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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