LINGUIST List 15.448

Tue Feb 3 2004

Qs: Eng Temporal 'As'; Premodification/Appositive

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  1. Cristiano Broccias, temporal 'as'
  2. Ani Nenkova, premodification vs appositive modification

Message 1: temporal 'as'

Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 12:08:24 -0500 (EST)
From: Cristiano Broccias <>
Subject: temporal 'as'

Dear all,

Could you please point me to papers etc. on the temporal use of
English 'as ' as in (1)(I'm also interested in studies dealing with
'as' in relation to other temporal 'conjunctions' such as 'while' and

(1) 'What's up?' she asked, as we drove through west London.

I'll post a summary.
Many thanks.

Cristiano Broccias (
Universit´┐Ż di Genova (Italy)
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Message 2: premodification vs appositive modification

Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 10:02:01 -0500 (EST)
From: Ani Nenkova <>
Subject: premodification vs appositive modification

I am studying references to people in newswire text, especially the
way people are introduced (first mention). Recently, I tried to
compile a corpus of references to the same person from different
articles on the same topic, hoping to find examples of both
premodification and appositive description for the same person, such
as ''Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky'' and ''
Koussevitzky, conductor of the Boston Symphony''. It turned out that
such examples are very rare and it seemed that people are consistently
mentioned either one way or the other, thus the description is somehow
specific to the individual or his 'office' or 'position'.

Could anyone point me to any previous studies on, or related to, the
differences in (pragmatic) interpretation of appositive vs pre-

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