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NP It-Cleft: TItVnx1s2

This tree family is selected by be as the main verb and it as the subject. Together these two items serve as a multi-component anchor for the tree family. This tree family is used for it-clefts in which the clefted element is an NP and there are no gaps in the clause which follows the NP. The NP is interpreted as an adjunct of the following clause. See Chapter 12 for additional discussion.
it be
it was yesterday that we had the meeting .
Declarative tree:
See Figure 6.18.


{Declarative NP It-Cleft Tree: $\alpha$ItVpnx1s2


Other available trees:
inverted question, wh-moved object with be inverted, wh-moved object with be not inverted, adjunct (gap-less) relative clause with comp/with PP pied-piping.

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