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PP It-Cleft: TItVpnx1s2

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 a PP and there are no gaps in the clause which follows the PP. The PP is interpreted as an adjunct of the following clause. See Chapter 12 for additional discussion.
it be
it was at Kent State that the police shot all those students .
Declarative tree:
See Figure 6.19.


{Declarative PP It-Cleft Tree: $\alpha$ItVnx1s2


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

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