Article published in:The dynamicity of communication below, around and above the clause
Edited by Ben Clarke and Jorge Arús-Hita
[English Text Construction 9:1] 2016
► pp. 115–142
Functional structure and information structure
In this article we present functional-structural and information structure arguments for recognizing specificational there-clefts, i.e. clefts that specify a value for a variable. We distinguish two types which hinge on whether the matrix is a listing or a canonical existential. Listing there-clefts enumerate one or more instances as corresponding to the variable, e.g. You are quite right David, it was engineered, seems there’s only me and you who can see this. Quantifying there-clefts indicate the quantity of instantiation of the variable, e.g. Look at the shape of it. There’s only one thing that’s that shape.
Keywords: it-cleft, information structure, functional structure, specificational there-cleft, presentationaleventive there-cleft
Published online: 30 June 2016
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