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Concealed Pseudo-clefts
Lingua (2001)
  • Ileana Paul, The University of Western Ontario
This paper argues for a pseudo-cleft analysis of so-called clefts in Malagasy. Evidence is presented that the clefted element is in fact the matrix (copular) predicate and that the pre-suppositional clause is a headless relative in subject position. The proposed pseudo-cleft structure accounts for the focus interpretation of this construction, due to the underlying presence of a definite description in the subject position.
  • Pseudo-clefts
Publication Date
October, 2001
Publisher Statement
Dr. Ileana Paul is currently a faculty member at The University of Western Ontario.
Citation Information
Ileana Paul. "Concealed Pseudo-clefts" Lingua Vol. 111 Iss. 10 (2001)
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