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The lexical item for is treated in the literature either as a preposition (We bought it for you) or as a subordinator/complementiser (I preferred for him to take the exam). In this chapter I will argue that there are good grounds for regarding for exclusively as a preposition which can license a noun phrase or clause as complement. In what follows I first take a closer look in Section 2.2 at constructions in which for appears.
The chapters in this volume feature new and groundbreaking research carried out by leading scholars and promising young researchers from around the world on recent changes in the English verb phrase. Drawing on authentic corpus data, the papers consider both spoken and written English in several genres. Each contribution pays particular attention to the methodologies used for investigating short-term patterns of change in English, with detailed discussions of controversies in this area. This cutting-edge collection is essential reading for historians of the English language, syntacticians and corpus linguists.