|Title||Функционални еквиваленти на английското it в българския език|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1981|
|Journal||Съпоставително езикознание / Сопоставительное языкознание / Contrastive linguistics|
The functions of it are arranged along a hypothetical ‘cline of delicacy’, starting from its most typical use as a personal pronoun, via its use as a non-emphatic demonstrative pronoun, as a purely grammatical item and, finally, reaching its use as a noun. The shifts in its use correspond to a gradual change in the meaning of its antecedents from the concrete to the abstract. A similar movement can be traced in the use of то. The lack of full functional equivalence between it and то is due to the difference in their status in standard English and standard Bulgarian, which results in a difference in their connotative meaning.