Integrated Participle Clauses

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812752
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979752 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the History of English

Integrated Participle Clauses

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This chapter explores the present-day use and historical development of integrated participle clauses (IPC), which, as a relatively unsuccessful complement type, figure as an interesting counterpoint to forto-infinitives and gerunds. It begins with a brief description of the current use of IPCs followed by an examination of the historical origins of the pattern and the mechanisms of its diffusion, with an eye to the different circumstances of change that applied for IPCs and forto-infinitives.

Keywords: IPC; complement types; for…to-infinitives; diffusional change

Chapter.  13754 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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