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Book: Contrastive Discourse Analysis

Chapter: The use of it-clefts in the written production of Spanish advanced learners of English

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21773


The present chapter explores the use of it-cleft constructions, a type of focusing device that has been claimed to be over-represented in the written production of advanced learners with different L1 backgrounds. Its objective is threefold: first, it investigates how Spanish advanced EFL learners compare with NSs from the point of view of their use of it-clefts, second, it addresses the issue of how NNSs and NSs compare regarding their use of the different discourse functions of it-clefts, and finally, the chapter investigates whether the differences between the two groups may be attributed to influence of the L1.

Chapter Contributors

  • Susana Doval Suárez ( - book-auth-674) 'University of Santiago de Compostela'
  • Elsa González Álvarez ( - book-auth-675) 'University of Santiago de Compostela'