Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation (Oxford Studies in the History of English)

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Spreading Patterns examines how new constructions emerge and spread through the grammar of a language, in a process called "diffusion". This is done by tracking the development of three types of complements from the Middle English period to the present day. These are subject-controlled gerund complements, forELto-infinitives, and subject-controlled participial complements. In the first half of the book, De Smet focuses on how and why patterns diffuse. In the second half, which is largely corpus-based, De Smet tests his theoretical model of diffusion on the three complement types. His work demonstrates how diffusion interacts with the grammatical system of complementation, how diffusion proceeds, step-by-step, and why diffusion is directional.

Spreading Patterns will appeal to scholars and advanced students of English, history of English, and historical linguistics.

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Hendrik De Smet is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Leuven.

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Spreading Patterns is certainly an invaluable addition to the research into complementation in English. * Prof. Dr. Yoko Iyeiri, Beitrage zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur * Spreading Patterns will be a key reference for future studies in English complementation, diffusional change, and diachronic Construction Grammar. * Martin Hilpert, English Text Construction *

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