Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2016, Page: 25-29
Cleft Sentences in Spoken Arabic of Iraq
Tawfeeq Abdulameer Hashim AL-Ghazali, Department of English language, Islamic University College, Najaf, Iraq
Received: Jan. 22, 2016;       Accepted: Feb. 1, 2016;       Published: Feb. 23, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20160401.14      View  4457      Downloads  127
This study is mainly concerned with cleft constructions as one of the grammatical devices used to highlight certain elements of the sentence or to emphasize a particular idea. The language user should be aware of the elements that can be highlighted and how he can highlight the proper element that serves to give the new information or the particular idea. It-cleft construction has been studied both as a focusing device and thematizing device. The construction is of interest in studies of information structure because it allows a speaker / writer to spread the information of a single proposition over two clauses and, consequently, two information units. It is normally assumed that the cleft construction is a means of steering the focus towards the clefted constituents. The it-cleft can have various types of phrases and clauses as its focus. This study adopts two models of analysis given by Halliday (1994) and Prince (1978) to explore the intricacies of spoken Arabic of Iraq. To the best of my knowledge this study has not been tackled yet; therefore; the present study is an attempt to fill such a gap.
Cleft Construction, Types of Clefts, the Structure of It Cleft, the Information Structure of It Cleft, Discontinuous Cleft, Marked and Unmarked Theme
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Tawfeeq Abdulameer Hashim AL-Ghazali, Cleft Sentences in Spoken Arabic of Iraq, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016, pp. 25-29. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20160401.14
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