volume 27, issue 3, P263-290 2016
DOI: 10.1017/s0959269516000132
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Abstract: ABSTRACTThis article discussesil y a-clefts in spoken French. In the linguistic literature, only one function ofil y a-clefts is widely acknowledged, namely presenting a new event in the discourse. By studying corpus examples in their wider context, we found however that many occurrences do not easily fit in the properties described in the literature. We make a distinction between presentationalil y a-clefts, which can be event-presenting or entity-presenting, and specificational enumerativeil y a-clefts, whic…

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