Apposition in Contemporary English

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 25, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 168 pages
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Apposition in Contemporary English is the first full-length treatment of apposition. It provides detailed discussion of its linguistic characteristics and of its usage in various kinds of speech and writing, derived from the data of British and American computer corpora. Charles Meyer demonstrates the inadequacies of previous studies and argues that apposition is a grammatical relation realized by constructions having particular syntactic, semantic and pragmatic characteristics, of which certain are dominant. The language of press reportage, fiction, learned writing and spontaneous conversation is analyzed.
 

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Contents

1 Apposition as a grammatical relation
1
2 The syntax of apposition
10
3 The semantics of apposition
57
4 The pragmatics of apposition
92
5 Apposition in the grammar of English
123
Appendix 1 Grammatical tags
135
Appendix 2 Appositions in individual samples of the corpora
139
Notes
143
References
148
Index
151
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