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.

Cleft and Pseudo Cleft Constructions in English

Author: Peter C. Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317421361

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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.

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.

The Pseudo Cleft Construction in English

Author: F. R. Higgins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317436814

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.

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 ...

Introduction to the Grammar of English

Author: Rodney Huddleston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521297042

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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.

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
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Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

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.

Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English

Author: Maria Martinez Lirola

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118076

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.

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 .
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Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics  Meanings and representations

Author: Katarzyna Jaszczolt

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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.

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
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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 ...

Frequency  Forms and Functions of Cleft Constructions in Romance and Germanic

Author: Anna-Maria De Cesare

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110361876

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).

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

Towards a functional description of cleft constructions . Lingua 62 : 32548 . Chafe
, W . L . 1976 . Givenness ... New York : Academic Press . Collins , P . C . 1987 .
Cleft and pseudo - cleft constructions in English spoken and written discourse .

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Southwest Journal of Linguistics

Where do cleft sentences come from ? Language 53.453-59 . ... Information
structure and the use of cleft sentences in English and Norwegian . Information
structure in a cross ... The pseudo - cleft construction in English . New York :
Garland .

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Functional Grammar and Verbal Interaction

These had a smaller representation in the data than pseudo - cleft constructions .
Both clefts and ... in pseudo - clefts . Spanish , being a flexible word - order
language , presents more syntactic variation in its special Focus constructions .

Functional Grammar and Verbal Interaction

Author: Michael Hannay

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

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Functional Grammar (FG) as set out by Simon Dik is the ambitious combination of a functionalist approach to the study of language with a consistent formalization of the underlying structures which it recognizes as relevant. The present volume represents the attempts made within the FG framework to expand the theory so as to cover a wider empirical domain than is usual for highly formalized linguistic theories, namely that of written and spoken discourse, while retaining its methodological precision. The book covers an array of phenomena, both from monologue and from dialogue material, relating to discourse structure, speaker aims and goals, action theory, the flow of information, illocutionary force, modality, etc. The central question underlying most of the contributions concerns the relation between, and the division of labour between the existing grammatical module of FG on the one hand, and a discourse or pragmatic module capable of handling such discourse phenomena on the other. What emerges are new proposals for the formal treatment of for instance illocutionary force and the informational status of constituents. Many of the data discussed are from 'real' language rather than being invented, and samples from various languages other than English (Spanish, Polish, Latin, French) are examined and used as illustrations of the theoretical problem to be solved. Readership: theoretical linguists and discourse and conversation analysts

Journal of African Languages

Muraki ( 1970 ) , which sets up for English cleft - sentences underlying structures
( for subject focus ) roughly of the form : ( ( Indef V ... Compare Akmajian ( 1970 )
for arguments for deriving English cleft sentences from pseudo - cleft sentences .

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Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics

Some remarks on pseudo - cleft sentences in English and Polish ” . PSICL 3. 225
-242 . Mieszek - Horn , A. 1978. Cleft and pseudo - cleft constructions in English
and their Polish equivalents . Unpublished Ph . D. dissertation , Adam Mickiewicz
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Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics

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Vol. 1 contains papers delivered at the 2d Karpacz Conference on Contrastive Linguistics, 1971.