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Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Hendrik De Smet


This book examines the emergence and spread of three types of complements from the Middle English period to the present day. The three types of complements are examined in detail. The first type is subject-controlled gerund complements (The cat loves being stroked, absolutely loves it!). The second type is for…to-infinitives (We couldn't afford for it to go wrong.). The last type is subject-controlled participial complements (The receptionist is busy filling a fifth box.). This first half of the book addresses the theoretical issues by summarizing a number of major approaches to the study of c ... More

Keywords: complementation, Middle English, subject-controlled gerund complements, subject-controlled participial complements, diffusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hendrik De Smet, author
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven