Sentences such as 'What Fred does is complain' and 'What Fred does is important' have both been labeled as pseudo-clefts, though of two distinct types. We provide four tests to structurally distinguish such constructions. Entailment patterns and a number of structural ties between the post-copular constituent and specific constituents of the pre-copular relative clause suggest using the label ‘pseudo-cleft’ for the former type only. This paper also examines certain cases of pseudo-clefts with no simple correlates, and vice versa, to argue – contra Higgins 1973 – that these do not necessarily contradict the existence of a structural connection (a transformation, in the sense of Z. S. Harris) between the members of pairs formed by a pseudo-cleft and its non-cleft counterpart.

MIRTO, I.M. (2010). Two Types of pseudo-clefts?. In D. Vitas & C. Krstev (a cura di), Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Lexis and Grammar (pp. 215-225). Belgrado : Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade.

Two Types of pseudo-clefts?

MIRTO, Ignazio Mauro
2010-01-01

Abstract

Sentences such as 'What Fred does is complain' and 'What Fred does is important' have both been labeled as pseudo-clefts, though of two distinct types. We provide four tests to structurally distinguish such constructions. Entailment patterns and a number of structural ties between the post-copular constituent and specific constituents of the pre-copular relative clause suggest using the label ‘pseudo-cleft’ for the former type only. This paper also examines certain cases of pseudo-clefts with no simple correlates, and vice versa, to argue – contra Higgins 1973 – that these do not necessarily contradict the existence of a structural connection (a transformation, in the sense of Z. S. Harris) between the members of pairs formed by a pseudo-cleft and its non-cleft counterpart.
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MIRTO, I.M. (2010). Two Types of pseudo-clefts?. In D. Vitas & C. Krstev (a cura di), Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Lexis and Grammar (pp. 215-225). Belgrado : Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade.
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