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LINGUIST List 23.5353

Wed Dec 19 2012

Books: The English it-Cleft: Patten

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Dec-2012
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The English it-Cleft: Patten
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Title: The English it-Cleft
Subtitle: A Constructional Account and a Diachronic Investigation
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 79
Published: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181286?format=G

Author: Amanda Patten
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110279528 Pages: 269 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110277807 Pages: 269 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

This book examines the structure and function of the English it-cleft configuration from within the framework of construction grammar. It defends a straightforward extraposition-from-NP analysis (on which the cleft clause is a restrictive relative, modifying the initial it) and claims that all types of it-cleft involve nominal predication. Support for this analysis comes from three main areas: (a) the central role of definiteness in the creation of specificational meaning, (b) the existence and makeup of predicational (and proverbial) it-clefts, and (c) the early, historical it-cleft data. In addition, the book contains a sizeable diachronic component, drawing data from the Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English and from the International Corpus of English - Great Britain. This investigation informs and advances what is an otherwise simple account of the English it-cleft, explaining how and why the configuration has developed an assortment of peculiar, construction-specific properties over time.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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