Definition of pseudo-cleft in English:

pseudo-cleft

Syllabification: pseu·do-cleft
Grammar

noun

  • A sentence that resembles a cleft sentence by conveying emphasis or politeness through the use of a relative clause, such as what we want is representing we want.
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    • Apparent examples of wh-movement are pseudoclefts in which the initial wh-phrase is a predicate and the following material is a headless relative clause in subject position.
    • Higgins (1973) distinguished predicational and specificational pseudoclefts, and showed that, unlike predicational pseudoclefts, specificational pseudoclefts exhibit a variety of syntactic and semantic connectivity effects, i.e. the post-copular phrase behaves in some ways as if it ‘sits’ inside the free relative subject.

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