Cleft and Pseudo-Cleft Constructions in English

Cleft and Pseudo-Cleft Constructions in English

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 612.35g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138918393
  • 9781138918399

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; Indexshow more