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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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Integrated Participle Clauses

Integrated Participle Clauses

(p.102) Chapter 6 Integrated Participle Clauses
Spreading Patterns

Hendrik De Smet

Oxford University Press

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

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