By Matthew Reeve
Cleft buildings have lengthy awarded an analytical problem for syntactic concept. This monograph argues that clefts and comparable structures can't be analysed in a straightforwardly compositional demeanour. as an alternative, it proposes that the locality stipulations on amendment (for instance by means of a restrictive relative clause) needs to be reformulated such that they account for the plain compositionality of DP-internal amendment when additionally allowing ‘discontinuous’ amendment of the kind that is independently wanted for structures similar to relative clause extraposition. The empirical concentration of the booklet is on clefts in English and Russian, that have an identical interpretation yet significantly divergent syntactic constructions. the writer argues that, regardless of those syntactic variations, either different types of cleft are mapped to their semantic interpretations within the similar demeanour. This monograph should be crucial analyzing for these engaged on cleft structures and copular sentences extra in general, and should be of curiosity to these engaged on the syntax-semantics interface.