This lemma introduces structural characteristics of emphatic sentences: shì…de 是…的 ‘be…de’, bare shì without de, and (shì)…de sentences. Despite often being interchangeably treated as clefts, they will be reviewed separately. Section 1 summarizes two main approaches to shì…de: predication approach (§1.1), and particle de approach (§1.2). Bare shi-sentences and optional shi sentences will be discussed in section 2 and section 3 respectively.
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“Shì 是 ... (de 的) Sentences”, in:
Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma.
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