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On the basis of these properties Jespersen concludes that the relative clause of a cleft sentence is not to be termed "restrictive" with regard to English it, French ce, or Danish det.
This is an uncontroversial example of a cleft sentence of a frequently occurring type whose focus is thus.
This is where cleft sentences come in handy, as their double-clause structure offers not only a split-focus domain with an existential presupposition but, in the case of the inverted pseudocleft, a formal clue to contrastive focus.
This paper discusses similarities and differences between English and Swedish cleft sentences.
This is a property copular cleft-like sentences share with real cleft sentences.