The English It-Cleft: A Constructional Account and a Diachronic Investigation Amanda Patten

ISBN: 9783110277807

Published: December 13th 2012

Hardcover

269 pages


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The English It-Cleft: A Constructional Account and a Diachronic Investigation  by  Amanda Patten

The English It-Cleft: A Constructional Account and a Diachronic Investigation by Amanda Patten
December 13th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 269 pages | ISBN: 9783110277807 | 9.46 Mb

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)MoreThe 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.



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