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Apposition is a A figure of speech, sometimes termed a rhetorical figure or device, or elocution, is a word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language. Figures of speech are often used and crafted for emphasis, freshness of expression, or clarity. However, clarity may also suffer from their use. Note that not... figure of speech, in which two elements are placed side by side, with the second element serving to define or modify the first (ex: "My wife, a nurse by training.."). It is a type of A hyperbaton is a deliberate and dramatic departure from standard syntax (word order) for poetic effect. Categories: Stub ... hyperbaton, or a figure of disorder, in that it disturbs the flow of the sentence.


While this device is quite common in modern prose, it has been pointed out (Corbett), that it is rarely used in impromptu speech, which tends to make greater use of In rhetoric, a parenthesis (plural: Examples Consider this sentence: The phrase The phrase Punctuation By extension, the word parentheses, seldom used in the singular, has come to refer to the round brackets in which a parenthesis is often enclosed in writing. See bracket for an account of these punctuation marks... parenthesis. In ordinary speech, the preceding example would more likely be stated as "My wife, who is a nurse by training,..." As this shows, apposition often results when the verbs in supporting clauses are eliminated to produce shorter descriptive phrases.


More traditionally, the Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. It gained great importance as the formal language of the Roman Empire. All Romance languages are descended from Latin, and many words based on Latin are found in other modern languages such as English. It is said... Latin term appositio was used, but the English form is now more commonly used. It is derived from Latin: ad (“near”) and positio (“placement”)

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Examples

  • My friend John
  • John, my best friend in high school...
  • John and Bob, both friends of mine...
  • Your excuse, that your dog ate your homework, is pretty unbelievable...
  • His life, despite all its poverty of material possession, was rich in spirit...
  • You naughty boy, you.

References

Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.


External Links

Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar, section 282 (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/AG/allgre.282.html)


See Also

  • A figure of speech, sometimes termed a rhetorical figure or device, or elocution, is a word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language. Figures of speech are often used and crafted for emphasis, freshness of expression, or clarity. However, clarity may also suffer from their use. Note that not... Figure of Speech
  • A hyperbaton is a deliberate and dramatic departure from standard syntax (word order) for poetic effect. Categories: Stub ... Hyperbaton

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Appositive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (258 words)
Min Woo Lee was here In grammar, an appositive is defined as a noun phrase that generally follows, but occasionally precedes, another noun phrase and renames or describes it.
Appositives are either restrictive, in which case they are essential to the meaning of the sentence, or non-restrictive, in which case they are not.
The appositives in the third example above are restrictive, as it is assumed that Bill has more than one friend, and there is more than one famous singer (compare restrictive clause).
GrammarGuide (1062 words)
The appositive is a central component as a modifer of nouns.
The appositive, a structure that is a noun or noun phrase which renames another structure, is identified as either nonrestrictive or restrictive.
Therestrictive appositive is a modifier in the noun phrase whose function is to restrict the meaning of the noun.
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