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"Heritage is concerned with the ways in which very selective material artefacts, mythologies, memories and traditions become resources for the present. The contents, interpretations and representations of the resource are selected according to the demands of the present; an imagined past provides resources for a heritage that is to be passed onto an imagined future. It follows too that the meanings and functions of memory and tradition are defined in the present. Further, heritage is more concerned with meanings than material artefacts."


Q1. What does the "semi-colon(;)" mean in that context? "and" , "but", or "because" or something else? It's important to me.


Q2. What does the "that"-clause modify exactly? "resources" or "a heritage"?


Q3. what does the "it" indicate in "It follows that"? "the previous sentence" or "that-clause"? And what can "It follows too that" be paraphrased into?

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thanks3Q1. What does the "semi-colon(;)" mean in that context? "and" , "but", or "because" or something else? It's important to me.

I can't say it means anything. The writer chose to concatenate the two sentences with it. I don't understand what the writer wrote, so I can't say why he did it. Normally, a semicolon in that position indicates that the second clause amplifies the first.

thanks3Q2. What does the "that"-clause modify exactly? "resources" or "a heritage"?

The "is" is your clue. It's "heritage that is".

thanks3Q3. what does the "it" indicate in "It follows that"? "the previous sentence" or "that-clause"? And what can "It follows too that" be paraphrased into?

That is an anticipatory "it". It lets us put a cumbersome subject after the verb. We English speakers hate to wait for verbs, and we use this "it" a lot. The sentence could be written "That the meanings and functions of memory and tradition are defined in the present follows, too.", where the subject is the noun phrase "that the meanings and functions of memory and tradition are defined in the present".

Thank you so much, Mr. anonymous. Emotion: smile

Especially, the answers for Q.2&3 are perfect. You exactly pinpointed what I missed:)

It's a big help!