Cleft and Pseudo Cleft Constructions in English

Cleft and Pseudo Cleft Constructions in English

First published in 1991, this book examines the communicative properties of ‘cleft’ and ‘pseudo-cleft’ constructions in contemporary English.

Author: Peter C. Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317421375

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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First published in 1991, this book examines the communicative properties of ‘cleft’ and ‘pseudo-cleft’ constructions in contemporary English. The book argues that these properties cannot be ignored in any attempt to provide an adequate grammatical description of the constructions. Furthermore, they provide a source of explanations for the patterns of stylistic variation displayed by clefts and pseudo-clefts. The book reports findings from a corpus-based study of clefts and pseudo-clefts in modern British English.
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The Pseudo Cleft Construction in English

The Pseudo Cleft Construction in English

This essay aims to provide an overall picture of the construction, and show why another treatment of it is necessary. This book will be of interest to those pursuing the topic of copular sentences.

Author: F. R. Higgins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317436812

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 404

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This work, first published in 1979, was a doctoral dissertation submitted to the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on June 22nd 1973. The ostensible central topic of this essay is a construction which is generally known as the "pseudo-cleft" construction. This essay aims to provide an overall picture of the construction, and show why another treatment of it is necessary. This book will be of interest to those pursuing the topic of copular sentences.
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Frequency Forms and Functions of Cleft Constructions in Romance and Germanic

Frequency  Forms and Functions of Cleft Constructions in Romance and Germanic

The volume describes the frequency, the forms and the functions of different cleft construction types across two language families: the Romance languages (with discussion of Italian, French and Spanish data) and the Germanic languages (with ...

Author: Anna-Maria De Cesare

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110361872

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 426

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The volume describes the frequency, the forms and the functions of different cleft construction types across two language families: the Romance languages (with discussion of Italian, French and Spanish data) and the Germanic languages (with focus on English, German, Swiss German and Danish).
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The Pseudo Cleft Construction in English

The Pseudo Cleft Construction in English

Chapter five is a preliminary attempt at sorting out the ambiguities which are to be found in copular sentences. The analysis of the ambiguities found in pseudo-cleft sentences is embedded in a somewhat broader framework, ...

Author: F. R. Higgins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317436805

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 404

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This work, first published in 1979, was a doctoral dissertation submitted to the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on June 22nd 1973. The ostensible central topic of this essay is a construction which is generally known as the "pseudo-cleft" construction. This essay aims to provide an overall picture of the construction, and show why another treatment of it is necessary. This book will be of interest to those pursuing the topic of copular sentences.
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Eurogrammar

Eurogrammar

Author: R. J. C. Smits

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110882704

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 476

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Introduction to the Grammar of English

Introduction to the Grammar of English

14.6 The cleft and pseudo - cleft constructions These constructions are illustrated in ( 22ii ) and ( iii ) respectively , thematic variants of the non - cleft clause ( i ) : ( 22 ) i A faulty switch caused the trouble ii It was a ...

Author: Rodney Huddleston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521297044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 483

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Written for students without knowledge of linguistics and unfamiliar with "traditional" grammar, this text concentrates on providing a much needed foundation in Standard English in preparation for more advanced work in theoretical linguistics.
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The Syntactic Phenomena of English

The Syntactic Phenomena of English

Cleft and Pseudo - Cleft Constructions English has two related constructions in which a constituent of a corresponding simpler sentence appears in predicate position . One is the cleft sentence , which has it as its subject and what ...

Author: James D. McCawley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226556298

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 809

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Comprises a thorough treatment of the syntactic structures of English, beginning with an overview to syntactic analysis and progressing through the major constructions and processes of English grammar. Updates from the 1988 edition include sections on appositive constructions, parasitic gaps, contrastive negation, and comparative conditional sentences and expanded coverage of cleft sentences and free relatives. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
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Cleft Structures

Cleft Structures

Petra Sleeman discusses the licensing conditions of infinitival subject relatives in cleft constructions. In contrast to English and French, (subject) clefts in Italian can license such relatives. This is possible, she argues, ...

Author: Katharina Hartmann

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027271129

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 348

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The phenomenon of clefts is beyond doubt a golden oldie. It has captivated linguists of different disciplines for decades. The fascination arises from the unique syntax of clefts in interaction with their pragmatic and semantic interpretation. Clefts structure sentences according to the information state of the constituents contained in them. They are special as they exhibit a rather uncommon syntactic form to achieve the separation of the prominent part, either focal or topical, from the background of the clause. Despite the long-lasting interest in clefts, linguists have not yet come to an agreement on many basic questions. The articles contained in this volume address these issues from new theoretical and empirical perspectives. Based on data from about 50 languages from all over the world, this volume presents new arguments for the proper derivation of clefts, and contributes to the ongoing debate on the information-structural impact of cleft structures. Theoretically, it combines modern syntactic theorizing with investigations at the interface between grammar and information-structure.
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Comparison Between It clefts and WH Clefts Similarities and Differences

Comparison Between It clefts and WH Clefts  Similarities and Differences

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,7, Technical University of Braunschweig (Englisches Seminar), course: Introduction to Information Structure, language: English, ...

Author: Gabriela Bara

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640554256

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Page: 40

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,7, Technical University of Braunschweig (Englisches Seminar), course: Introduction to Information Structure, language: English, abstract: From language to language, there are different alternatives in which a speaker can structure information. Information structure deals with the highlighting of pieces of information in sentences. Even though there are a variety of ways in which the same basic informational content can be conveyed, the preference for a particular way reveals how the speaker's semantic representation is transposed into syntactical data. Moreover, the speaker's choice for structuring information into a particular linguistic form shows the coherent way in which utterances are connected in sequences, revealing thus the importance of discourse. There are several syntactic devices that are able to encode the pragmatic information of a preferred alternative. One type of such devices used to mark information structure is cleft constructions. There are two major types of clefts: it-clefts and WH-clefts, also called pseudo-clefts. There has been claimed in the literature for a long time that cleft constructions are interchangeable. Clefts present a series of syntactic similarities, but they behave differently in discourse. The purpose of this paper is to prove that it-clefts and WH-clefts are not interchangeable. In doing so, data will be analyzed by comparing clefts as far as form, structure, and discourse functions are concerned, and eventually, in the light of given and known information, I will show the essential differences between them. Although the grammatical forms are in direct relation and determine to some degree the information structure in a cleft, apart from the syntactical level, of significant importance is the analysis of cleft constructions as integrated components of a discourse. One should take into account the natural flow of la
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A Student s Introduction to English Grammar

A Student s Introduction to English Grammar

But in the case of pseudocleft , the backgrounded material is placed in a fused relative construction : [ 40 ] NON - CLEFT i a . We need more time . ii a . He claims he was insulted . iii a . I'll postpone the meeting . PSEUDO - CLEFT b ...

Author: Rodney Huddleston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521848377

Category: Education

Page: 312

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This groundbreaking undergraduate textbook on modern Standard English grammar is the first to be based on the revolutionary advances of the authors' previous work, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002). The analyses defended there are outlined here more briefly, in an engagingly accessible and informal style. Errors of the older tradition of English grammar are noted and corrected, and the excesses of prescriptive usage manuals are firmly rebutted in specially highlighted notes that explain what older authorities have called 'incorrect' and show why those authorities are mistaken. This book is intended for students in colleges or universities who have little or no previous background in grammar, and presupposes no linguistics. It contains exercises, and will provide a basis for introductions to grammar and courses on the structure of English not only in linguistics departments but also in English language and literature departments and schools of education.
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The Syntactic Phenomena of English

The Syntactic Phenomena of English

The other construction is the pseudo-cleft sentence, in which what looks like an interrogative clause appears in subject position: (11) a. What John wants to look at is your notes. b. What Ann bought was a first edition of Naked Lunch.

Author: James D. McCawley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226556246

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 768

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This second edition of James D. McCawley's classic textbook offers in one volume a complete course in the syntactic structure of English. New to this edition are sections on appositive constructions, parasitic gaps, contrastive negation, and comparative conditional sentences, as well as expanded coverage of cleft sentences and free relatives. The presentation is coherent, comprehensive, and systematically organized, beginning with an overview of McCawley's approach to syntactic analysis and progressing through the major constructions and processes of English grammar. No prior special knowledge of syntax is presupposed, and the number and variety of exercises after each chapter have been increased. And now available from the author! Answers to Selected Exercises. Instructors using James D. McCawley's The Syntactic Phenomena of English, Second Edition may request a complimentary copy of Answers to Selected Exercises in The Syntactic Phenomena of English by writing on their department's letterhead to the author, James D. McCawley, Department of Linguistics, 1010 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. [Note: This material is available only from the author and is not available from the University of Chicago Press.]
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