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Topics in the syntax and semantics of English cleft sentences.

Gerald Patrick Delahunty

Topics in the syntax and semantics of English cleft sentences.

by Gerald Patrick Delahunty

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Published by Indiana University Linguistics Club in Bloomington .
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In this paper I argue that English clefts are an example of an apparent syntax/semantics mismatch, in that the cleft clause (the relative clause appearing at the end of the matrix clause) semantically modifies the initial pronoun it, but syntactically modifies (that is, is underlyingly adjoined to) the clefted XP, as proposed by Hedberg ().This renders suspect both ‘specificational Cited by: Syntax Topics 1. Syntax and morphology are the two parts of grammar. • Morphology deals with the internal economy of the word. • Syntax deals with the external economy of the word. 2. Words are constituents of larger groups, called phrases, which may aggregate into larger phrases, and eventually into a different kind of constituent, called a clause. Size: 27KB.

Topic and subject are also distinct concepts from agent (or actor)—the "doer", which is defined by semantics. In English clauses with a verb in the passive voice, for instance, the topic is typically the subject, while the agent may be omitted or may follow the preposition by. For example, in the sentence "The little girl was bitten by the. specification in the syntax of cleft sentences,” transfers the distinction between predication and specification from copular sentences (Higgins, ) to the realm of .

At the descriptive level, we provide an extensive account of Chinese quantificational sentences, wh questions, A-not-A questions and cleft sentences. Several aspectS-of anaphora are also discu~sed. At the theoretical level, we consider what the observed facts would mean for an optimal theory of Universal Grammar (UG) and linguistic typology. Cleft constituent & cleft-sentence form part of a (clausal) syntactic constituent that is selected by a functional head F. ii. Cleft pronoun it is a semantically empty expletive subject iii. The cleft constituent is moved to (with non-subject that-cleft clauses, (3a)) or base-.


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Topics in the syntax and semantics of English cleft sentences by Gerald Patrick Delahunty Download PDF EPUB FB2

Topics in the syntax and semantics of English cleft sentences. Bloomington: Reproduced by the Indiana University Linguistics Club, ©, [2nd printing, ) (OCoLC) Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Patrick Delahunty.

The present study provides a description of English cleft sentences in terms of syntactic-discursive analysis and productivity, an angle that pretends to provide further explanation about the Author: Gerald Delahunty. The extant literature on the syntax of it-clefts, as in (1), can be classified into two main approaches.

First, the cleft pronoun it is an expletive, and the cleft clause bears a direct syntactic or semantic relation to the clefted constituent, such as one of predication (Jes. Cleft sentences, like structures introduced by it and there, belong to the group of Topic-Comment Redistribution : Gerald Delahunty.

Work on the syntax–semantics interface by necessity proceeds from certain assumptions about syntax and semantics. We are trying to keep to a few basic assumptions here. In the specialized articles on generative syntax (Linguistics: Incorporation), and quantifiers (Quantifiers, in Linguistics) many of these assumptions are discussed and.

Sentences can have no sense and still be grammatically correct: Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. – nonsense, but grammatically correct *Sleep ideas colorless furiously green. – grammatically incorrect. Syntax: From Greek syntaxis from syn (together) + taxis (arrangement).File Size: KB.

cleft pronoun and the cleft clause form a discontinuous syntactic constituent, and a se-mantic unit as a definite description. Our analysis reduces t he syntax and semantics of it-clefts to copular sentences containing definite description subjects.

We show that this. Syntax studies the organization of words into phrases and phrases into sentences. There are patterns and regularities that can be discovered in larger units of constructions and its constituents.

If syntax considers language from structural perspective with relatively little concern from meaning, semantics shows great concern on meaning. be situated. It is shown that there are three cleft sentence patterns which. are produced by a single set of operations on a normal English sentence; each of the three-simple clefts, WH-clefts, and IT-clefts-is the output.

of a different stage of these operations. Cleft sentences, like structures. The information structure of English cleft sentences is discussed. A cleft sentence divides a proposition into two parts, which are interpreted as an exhaustive focus and a pragmatic presupposition.

These two semantic components can be flexibly mapped onto the information structure categories of topic and comment to arrive at comment-topic (‘stressedCited by:   The aim of this paper is to examine two constructions, It-Cleft Sentences (e.g.

It is me who/that wrote the book) and Wh-Cleft Sentences (e.g. The one who wrote the book is me), which constitute a problematic area of contemporary research in grammar.

It-Cleft Sentences and Wh-Cleft Sentences (henceforth ICS and WCS, respectively) appear in a number of languages which are Cited by:   'Key Topics in Syntax' focuses on the main topics of study in syntax today.

It consists of accessible yet challenging accounts of the most important issues, concepts and phenomena to consider when examining the syntactic structure of language. A cleft sentence is a complex sentence (one having a main clause and a dependent clause) that has a meaning that could be expressed by a simple typically put a particular constituent into spoken language, this focusing is often accompanied by a special intonation.

In English, a cleft sentence can be constructed as follows. it + conjugated form of to be + X. Examples like (1b) represent a canonical type of English it-cleft construction, semantically linked to the canonical one in (1a): (1) a.

The students bought the introductory textbook. It’s the introductory textbook that the students bought. Both of these two sentences denote the same proposition, but the cleft sentence (1b)Author: Jong Bok Kim.

Cleft sentences (It was in June we got married.) - English Grammar Today - a reference to written and spoken English grammar and usage - Cambridge Dictionary.

semantics [Gr.,=significant] in general, the study of the relationship between words and meanings. The empirical study of word meanings and sentence meanings in existing languages is a branch of linguistics; the abstract study of meaning in relation to language. Abstract. In this paper, we examine two main approaches to the syntax and semantics of it-clefts as in ‘It was Ohno who won’: an expletive approach where the cleft pronoun is an expletive and the cleft clause bears a direct syntactic or semantic relation to the clefted constituent, and a discontinuous constituent approach where the cleft pronoun has a semantic content and the cleft Cited by: Topics in the syntax and semantics of English cleft sentences.

Responsibility by Gerald Patrick Delahunty. Imprint English language > Syntax. English language > Semantics. English language > Sentences. Bibliographic information. Publication date Smyly suggested that there are two aspects to processing a sentence: meaning and structure – or, more technically, semantics and syntax.

These properties are processed separately, in different areas of the brain. "The cat chased the mouse and the mouse chased the cat" are two sentences with exactly the same words, but in a different order. : Topics in the Syntax and Semantics of the English Cleft Construction/ (): Gerald Delahunty: Books.

Cleft sentences (It was in June we got married.) — English Grammar Today — ein Nachschlagewerk für geschriebene und gesprochene englische Grammatik und Sprachgebrauch — Cambridge Dictionary.

"A cleft sentence is a sentence that is cleft (split) so as to put the focus on one part of cleft sentence is introduced by it, which is followed by a verb phrase whose main verb is generally focused part comes next, and then the rest of the sentence is introduced by a relative pronoun, relative determiner, or relative : Richard Nordquist.not only English syntax but also the basics of argumentation.

It is inspired by current Chomskyan theory, but it is not an introduction to it. However, having worked their way through this book, students should be able to pro-gress to a more advanced study of syntax, descriptive or theoretical.