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Synonyms for cleft

Synonyms for cleft

a usually narrow partial opening caused by splitting and rupture

Synonyms for cleft

a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)

having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib

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If the mother were to describe the two scenes later on, she could quite naturally use the cleft sentences in (63):
Evidently the function of the matrix clauses in these cleft sentences is not to assert the existence of the FP entities since these entities are not only known to exist but they are taken to be familiar to the addressee.
Special thanks go to the organizers of the Berlin Workshop on the Discourse Function(s) of Cleft Sentences, in particular Monika Doherty, for giving me the opportunity to present the ideas developed in this paper.
Paper presented at the Workshop on the Discourse Function(s) of Cleft Sentences, Humboldt University, Berlin.
Lest there be any confusion, let me stress here that the clause of an inferential corresponds to the focus, not the clause, of a canonical cleft sentence.
Like all cleft sentences, pseudoclefts are associated with an existential presupposition that characterizes the variable as an element of an alternative set.
Cleft-like sentences" is a product of the last project focusing on cleft sentences.