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Shì 是 ... (de 的) Sentences
(3,319 words)

This lemma introduces structural characteristics of emphatic sentences: shìde 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.

1. Shì…de

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Shu-ing SHYU, “Shì 是 ... (de 的) Sentences”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000092>
First published online: 2015

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