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apposition

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Grammar
appositionap‧po‧si‧tion /ˌæpəˈzɪʃən/ noun [uncountable] technical  SLGin grammar, an occasion when a simple sentence contains two or more noun phrases that describe the same thing or person, appearing one after the other without a word such as ‘and’ or ‘or’ between them. For example, in the sentence ‘The defendant, a woman of thirty, denies kicking the policeman’ the two phrases ‘the defendant’ and ‘a woman of thirty’ are in apposition.
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appositionThe expression in other words is just one example of a range of expressions which have been classified as apposition markers.However, he does not explain just how apposition might be accommodated in a theory of discourse.However, apposition is distinguished from co-ordination by criterion B, since the conjunction of co-referential elements is unacceptable.Cell movements, for example, may bring tissues in apposition resulting in new interactions leading to further movements.This problem also arises in reformulations which do not involve apposition markers as such.Indeed, Burton-Roberts suggests that loose apposition extends to the juxtaposition of sentences.Criterion B implies that apposition resembles co-ordination in that the units in apposition are constituents of the same level.
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