Definition of pseudo-cleft in English:

pseudo-cleft

noun

Grammar
  • A sentence that resembles a cleft sentence by conveying emphasis or politeness through the use of a relative clause, such as what we want is representing we want.

    • ‘Higgins (1973) distinguished predicational and specificational pseudoclefts, and showed that, unlike predicational pseudoclefts, specificational pseudoclefts exhibit a variety of syntactic and semantic connectivity effects, i.e. the post-copular phrase behaves in some ways as if it ‘sits’ inside the free relative subject.’
    • ‘Apparent examples of wh-movement are pseudoclefts in which the initial wh-phrase is a predicate and the following material is a headless relative clause in subject position.’

Pronunciation:

pseudo-cleft

/ˈso͞odōˌkleft/