Definition of pseudo-cleft in English:

pseudo-cleft

Line breaks: pseudo-cleft
(also pseudo-cleft sentence)

noun

Grammar
A sentence which resembles a cleft sentence by conveying emphasis or politeness through the use of a relative clause, such as what we want is money representing we want money.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of pseudo-cleft in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
adjective
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...