1st Edition

Cleft and Pseudo-Cleft Constructions in English

ISBN 9781138918412
Published February 3, 2017 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures;  List of abbreviations and symbols;  Acknowledgements;  1. Approaches to the study of cleft and pseudo-cleft constructions  2. The database  3. Defining the class  4. Formal properties  5. Communicative meanings  6. Communicative meanings in the corpus  7. Clefts, pseudo-clefts and register variation  8. Conclusion;  Notes;  Bibliography;  Index

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