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: 9781317421368

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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Introduction to the Grammar of English

Introduction to the Grammar of English

6 The cleft and pseudo - cleft constructions These constructions are illustrated in (
2211 ) and ( iii ) respectively , thematic variants of the non - cleft clause ( i ) : ( 22 )
i A faulty switch caused the trouble ii It was a faulty switch that caused the ...

Author: Rodney Huddleston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521297044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 483

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This textbook provides a thorough and precise account of all the major areas of English grammar. For practical reasons the author concentrates on Standard English and only selected aspects of its regional variation. The book is written for students who may have no previous knowledge of linguistics and little familiarity with 'traditional' grammar. All grammatical terms, whether traditional or more recent, are therefore carefully explained, and in the first three chapters the students is introduced to the theoretical concepts and methodological principles needed to follow the later descriptive chapters. Nevertheless, the book is more than a straightforward 'grammar of English'. Rodney Huddleston does not espouse any formalised contemporary model of syntax and morphology, but he adopts the framework of modern 'structural' linguistics, in a very broad understanding of that term. The grammatical categories postulated derive from a study of the combinational and contrastive relationships the words and other forms enter into, and Dr Huddleston pays particular attention to the problem of choosing between alternative analyses and justifying the analysis he proposes. In this sense his book is addressed to the student of linguistics, who will find Introduction to the Grammar of English a much needed foundation for more advanced work in theoretical linguistics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Frequency Forms and Functions of Cleft Constructions in Romance and Germanic

Frequency  Forms and Functions of Cleft Constructions in Romance and Germanic

Cleft constructions form a class of syntactic structures that include at least three
distinct subclasses known as Cleft sentences (or it-clefts), Pseudo-cleft sentences
(or wh-clefts) and Reverse pseudo-cleft sentences (or Reverse wh-cleft). The
examples given below, taken from Lambrecht (2001:246), illustrate these
constructions in English, but the same three types of clefts exist in a wide array of
languages ...

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).
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Studies on Copular Sentences Clefts and Pseudo Clefts

Studies on Copular Sentences  Clefts and Pseudo Clefts

PREFACE This is a book on oopular sentences in which ample attention is
devoted to so-called cleit and pseudo-cleft ... to exist in English, viz.
specificational sentences, predicational ones, what I will call 'dcscriptionally-
identifying sentences', ...

Author: Renaat Declerck

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110869330

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 270

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Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Bibliovect Guide to the Literature in English and Theoretical Syntax

A Bibliovect Guide to the Literature in English and Theoretical Syntax

U 2 . . . TUIRTH , J••1974 . DERIVATION OF CLEFT SENTENCES A . PAPER
PRESENTED AT THE LSA ANNUAL MEETING : AKKAJIAN , A + . 1970 . ON
DERIVING CLEFT SENTENCES FROM PSEUDO - CLEFT SENTENCES A
LINGUISTIC ...

Author: Lawrence R. Smith

Publisher: St. John's, Nfld. Canada ; New Canaan, Conn. : Information Reduction Research

ISBN: STANFORD:36105026025820

Category: English language

Page: 263

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Categories: English language

Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

position , it is not an appropriate construction to postpone a subject that presents
new information . There are three structures that are characterized by being cleft
but there are very clear differences between them : reversed - pseudo clefts are ...

Author: Maria Martinez Lirola

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039118072

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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The purpose of this book is to describe the main formal and functional characteristics of all the syntactic processes of thematization and postponement in English. It describes in detail the main aspects of cleft sentences, reversed-pseudo cleft sentences, topicalization, inversion, left-dislocation, passive, extraposition, existential sentences, pseudo-cleft sentences, postposition and right-dislocation. The main aspects of use will be illustrated with examples from three novels written by the South African writer Alan Paton. The book is divided into three main chapters: the first one is a general introduction which explains some general concepts related to word order, to the corpus of examples and to Alan Paton, the author of the novels chosen as a corpus of examples; the second chapter is devoted to the syntactic processes of thematization in English and the third one to the syntactic processes of postponement.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Extending the Scope of Corpus based Research

Extending the Scope of Corpus based Research

On the basis of material from the Swedish component of the International Corpus
of Learner English (ICLE) and comparable native speaker ... discusses some
differences between Swedish advanced learners' and native speakers' use of it-
clefts and pseudo-clefts in argumentative writing. Even though cleft constructions
exist in Swedish too, it is possible that learners are not fully aware of their
thematic ...

Author: Sylviane Granger-Legrand

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 904201136X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 261

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This collection of articles highlights some of the challenges facing English Corpus Linguistics at the beginning of the 21st century and shows how these challenges are being addressed by researchers.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Syntax and Semantics of Cleft Constructions

The Syntax and Semantics of Cleft Constructions

On the Deep Question of Pseudo - clefts " , English Linguistics Grice , H. P. 1975 .
" Logic and Conversation " , in D. Davidson and G. Harman , eds . , The Logic of
Grammar . Dickenson , Encino , Calif . 64-75 . Halliday , M. K. 1967 . " Notes on ...

Author: Per-Kristian Halvorsen

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822006644579

Category: English language

Page: 99

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Categories: English language

Linguistics

Linguistics

As one anonymous reviewer points out , the claim that clefts and nonclefts are
truthconditionally equivalent is not a trivial one . For example , the ... Cleft and
Pseudo - cleft Constructions in English . London : Routledge . Declerck , Renaat
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106015841973

Category: Linguistics

Page:

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Categories: Linguistics

Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics Meanings and representations

Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics  Meanings and representations

Oxford : Blackwell . Collins , P . ( 1991 ) Cleft and Pseudo - cleft constructions in
English . London : Routledge . Declerck , R . ( 1988 ) Studies on Copular
Sentences , Clefts and Pseudo - clefts . Leuven : Leuven University Press .
Delahunty , G ...

Author: Katarzyna Jaszczolt

Publisher:

ISBN: 0080427723

Category: Comparative linguistics

Page: 957

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Selection of papers from the First International Conference in Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics, held at the University of Brighton from 6 to 9 April 1995.
Categories: Comparative linguistics

SA Journal of Linguistics

SA Journal of Linguistics

English. P.C. Collins Routledge 1991. 230 pp. Jespersen (1927), whose work
foreshadows many syntactic accounts, gave cleft and pseudo-cleft sentences
their respective names which look like attributive constructions but differ from
these ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105012068495

Category: Afrikaans language

Page:

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Categories: Afrikaans language

The Grammar of Focus

The Grammar of Focus

Focus and Arabic Clefts Jamal Ouhalla Queen Mary , London University Abstract
Arabic makes use of a formula for ... focus constructions and simple equatives
suggests that Heycok and Kroch's ( 1996 ) analysis of English pseudo - clefts as ...

Author: Georges Rebuschi

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027227454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 366

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The grammar of focus has been studied in generative grammar from its inception. It has been the subject of intense, detailed cross-linguistic investigation for over 20 years, particularly within the Principles and Parameters framework. It is appropriate at this point, therefore, to take stock. Appraisal at this particular point is all the more legitimate because it comes at a time of general evaluation of the results of the profound activity that has characterized the Principles and Parameters framework. This general assessment has produced a radical new direction within that framework. The volume starts off with an introductory chapter that aims to provide an outline for the assessment, to be followed by an overview of the evolution of the study of focus in generative grammar, and a recapitulation of the principal issues associated with focus. These issues are taken up in the remaining chapters of the book, where various grammatical means of marking focus (as well as grammaticalization of focus marking) are analyzed in a wide variety of languages.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Discourse Pragmatics and Cleft Sentences in English

Discourse Pragmatics and Cleft Sentences in English

The pseudo - cleft construction in English . Ph.D. dissertation , MIT . Republished
1986 , Garland Press . Hockett , Charles A. 1958. A course in modern linguistics .
New York : Macmillan . Horn , Laurence R. 1981. Exhaustiveness and the ...

Author: Nancy Ann Hedberg

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D00569225N

Category: English language

Page: 504

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Categories: English language

Intonation

Intonation

*HE can do it too The principal grammatical means of focussing in English
involve the use of passive, cleft, and pseudo-cleft constructions and it is of course
also no accident that the items brought into focus by the use of these
constructions ...

Author: Alan Cruttenden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521598257

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 201

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This updated edition remains the basic reference book for all these concerned with speech in any way.
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From Will to Well

From Will to Well

Information-packaging constructions in British English in the 1960s and 1990s*
The figures in Table 1 paint a picture of ... Arguably it is only the reversed pseudo
-cleft, the only construction to have enjoyed a rise in speech, that can look with ...

Author: Stefaan Slembrouck

Publisher: Academia Press

ISBN: 9789038214962

Category: Linguistics

Page: 492

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Categories: Linguistics

The Oxford Handbook of the History of English

The Oxford Handbook of the History of English

Bolinger also raises the question of whether the thing is is constructions are in
some way modeled on the wh-cleft—a question that ... A wh-cleft (or pseudocleft)
construction such as What the trouble is is functions similarly to The trouble is,
with ...

Author: Terttu Nevalainen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199996384

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 984

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The availability of large electronic corpora has caused major shifts in linguistic research, including the ability to analyze much more data than ever before, and to perform micro-analyses of linguistic structures across languages. This has historical linguists to rethink many standard assumptions about language history, and methods and approaches that are relevant to the study of it. The field is now interested in, and attracts, specialists whose fields range from statistical modeling to acoustic phonetics. These changes have even transformed linguists' perceptions of the very processes of language change, particularly in English, the most studied language in historical linguistics due to the size of available data and its status as a global language. The Oxford Handbook of the History of English takes stock of recent advances in the study of the history of English, broadening and deepening the understanding of the field. It seeks to suggest ways to rethink the relationship of English's past with its present, and make transparent the variety of conditions and processes that have been instrumental in shaping that history. Setting a new standard of cross-theoretical collaboration, it covers the field in an innovative way, providing diachronic accounts of major influences such as language contact, and typological processes that have shaped English and its varieties, as well as highlighting recent and ongoing developments of Englishes--celebrating the vitality of language change over the centuries and the many contexts and processes through which language change occurs.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Actes de la R union Annuelle de L Association de Linguistique Des Provinces Atlantiques

Actes de la     R  union Annuelle de L Association de Linguistique Des Provinces Atlantiques

Custom builder falls in love with " pocket of wilderness " , The Toronto Star , May
1 , 1993 , E1 . Brömser ... Towards a functional description of cleft constructions .
... Cleft and pseudo - cleft constructions in English spoken and written discourse .

Author: Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association. Meeting

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105020946765

Category: Linguistics

Page:

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Categories: Linguistics