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Introduction

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812752
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in the History of English

Introduction

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This book is concerned with the unidirectional diffusion of a new grammatical pattern over a growing number of environments as it applies particularly to change within the English system of complementation. This introductory chapter discusses what constitutes diffusional change, the specific diffusional changes in the domain of complementation, and the theoretical questions these changes raise, as well as the solutions this study intends to develop. It concludes with a brief discussion of some limitations on the present study and an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords: unidirectional diffusion; grammatical pattern; complementation; diffusional change

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Subjects: Linguistics

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