Article published in:Theory and Data in Cognitive Linguistics
Edited by Nikolas Gisborne and Willem B. Hollmann
[Benjamins Current Topics 67] 2014
► pp. 87–114
The historical development of the it-cleft
A comparison of two different approaches
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.
Published online: 24 September 2014
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