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LINGUIST List 22.5073

Thu Dec 15 2011

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Heringa

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        1.     MariĆ«tte Bonenkamp , Appositional constructions: Heringa

Message 1: Appositional constructions: Heringa
Date: 12-Dec-2011
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Appositional constructions: Heringa
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Title: Appositional constructions
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Published: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Herman Heringa
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930751 Pages: Price: Europe EURO

This thesis comprises a thorough investigation of appositional
constructions from a formal linguistic perspective, based on
cross-linguistic data. The key to a better understanding of these
constructions is in studying the syntactic and semantic relationship
between the two main components: the anchor inside the host clause and the
apposition proper. This relation has a paradoxical character. On the one
hand, an apposition is closely linked to its anchor in that they form a
constituent together. On the other hand, the connection between the
apposition and its host is loose in the sense that the apposition
constitutes an independent proposition. It is argued that the semantics as
well as certain morphological and prosodic aspects of the construction are
reflected in, and in fact explained by, the syntax. Nominal appositions are
predicational clauses in which a pronominal representative of the anchor
functions as the subject, and the visible apposition as the predicate. The
two main types of appositions, the attributive ones and the
identificational ones, directly correspond to the major types of
predication known to exist. Special attention is paid to case marking of
appositions. It is demonstrated that predicative case on the apposition,
case matching with the anchor, and mixed patterns occur in different
languages and registers. This confirms the dual nature of the appositional
construction. Furthermore, it is shown that the appositional 'clause'
behaves as a parenthetical in many respects. The author proposes a specific
theory concerning the attachment of parentheses to the host clause. This
study is of interest to a general linguistic readership, and in particular
to syntacticians and semanticists concerned with appositive constructions,
parenthesis, predication, and case marking.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Written In: English (eng )

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