In accordance with basic principles of Cognitive Grammar, impersonal it (e.g. It’s obvious that he’s angry) is claimed to be meaningful. Three avenues of approach are followed in the characterization of it and the constructions it appears in: a comparison with related constructions; a comparison to other pronouns; and examination of a basic cognitive model called the “control cycle”. This broad perspective leads to a unified account in which the meaning of impersonal it is a special case of the general semantic value of this pronoun.
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