Discourse functions of th-clefts in English



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Martínez Caro, Elena (2010) Discourse functions of th-clefts in English. In Discourse and communication : cognitive and functional perspectives. Ciencias de la comunicación (Madrid), 28 . Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Servicio de Publicaciones : Dykinson, Madrid, pp. 209-224. ISBN 978-84-9849-977-3

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This paper investigates a variant of the ‘wh’-cleft construction in English illustrated by sentences such as ‘The thing that he loved most of all in the whole world was the sea’, the so called ‘th’-cleft. Following Collins (1991), such construction is considered a type of pseudo-cleft construction because of its formal and functional similarity with the ‘canonical’ pseudo-cleft with a fused relative clause introduced by a ‘wh’-interrogative. The main aim of this study is to examine th-cleft constructions in Modern English, focusing on their main discourse and informational functions.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Th-clefts; Pseudo-clefts; English; British National Corpus; London-Lund Corpus.
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
Humanities > Philology > English philology
ID Code:55894
Deposited On:01 Jul 2019 17:34
Last Modified:25 Feb 2021 17:37

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