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Spreading PatternsDiffusional Change in the English System of Complementation$
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Hendrik De Smet

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Spreading Patterns

Hendrik De Smet

Oxford University Press

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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