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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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A cleft sentence without a connective word such as It was John we saw is represented as follows:
For the logically equivalent, syntactically unmarked, noncleft counterpart of a cleft sentence, I will use the term canonical sentence.
Constituent-focus cleft sentences may be understood in the same way.
Remember that Declerck (1992) claims that cleft sentences and inferentials are specificational; that is, that they specify a value for a variable.
The second type of copular structure with dummy topic belongs to the canonical cleft sentences.