It-clefts are IT ( inquiry terminating ) constructions

@inproceedings{Velleman2012ItcleftsAI,
  title={It-clefts are IT ( inquiry terminating ) constructions},
  author={Dan Velleman and Liz Coppock},
  year={2012}
}
We present a semantic analysis of the English it-cleft, concentrating on the exhaustive meaning which the cleft introduces. Our analysis has two novel aspects. The first novel aspect concerns the relationship of the it-cleft with focus. Clefts are generally regarded as focus-marking constructions. On the simplest account, the entire pivot of a cleft is taken to be focused. But in fact this is not necessarily the case. We discuss examples in which only a portion of the pivot is focused — and… CONTINUE READING

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