cleft

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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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One may note Jespersen's use of the terms "focus" and "contrast," now commonly used (and misused) in descriptions of the discourse function of cleft sentences.
In this section, I will discuss cleft sentences with AF articulation (item [23] and discussion).
I am grateful to Maura Velazquez-Castillo, Jim Garvey, Sarah Rilling, and participants at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Workshop on the Discourse Function(s) of Cleft Sentences for discussion of various topics in this paper.
Discourse pragmatics and cleft sentences in English.
The second type of copular structure with dummy topic belongs to the canonical cleft sentences.