Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

By Peter Mark Roget

This book "supplies a vocabulary of English words and idiomatic phrases 'arranged … according to the ideas which they express'. The thesaurus, continually expanded and updated, has always remained in print, but this reissued first edition shows the impressive breadth of Roget's own knowledge and interests."


New from Brill!

ad

The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek

By Franco Montanari

Coming soon: The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek by Franco Montanari is the most comprehensive dictionary for Ancient Greek to English for the 21st Century. Order your copy now!


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Appositional constructions
Written By: Herman Heringa
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930751