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cleft

1. a fissure or crevice
2. (of leaves) having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
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Of this set of candidates, the subset S exhaustively identified by the cleft sentence is Arafat's "gesture of grandeur": from the context, we infer that only this gesture (that is, his acceptance of Israel) satisfies the predicate "x earned him an honorable place in history"; this predicate does not apply to the other members of the set C--Arafat's "failures" and "filthiness".
On the basis of these properties Jespersen concludes that the relative clause of a cleft sentence is not to be termed "restrictive" with regard to English it, French ce, or Danish det.
This is an uncontroversial example of a cleft sentence of a frequently occurring type whose focus is thus.
Many links with grammar, syntax, and lexis are pointed out along the way, such as the use of cleft sentences to foreground a particular entailment (for example 'It was the painters who broke the window') and of performative verbs to make explicit the nature of a speech act (for example 'I order you to sit down').
Parallelism and contrast, the two major rhetorical relations, are the keys to focus interpretation in cleft sentences.
Seven studies compare cleft sentences in Italian with those in other languages, and another three studies compare cleft constructions between other Romance and Germanic languages.
This paper discusses similarities and differences between English and Swedish cleft sentences.
This is a property copular cleft-like sentences share with real cleft sentences.