S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 48 Number 1/3 (2012)
Form and Function Mismatch in the English Appositional Construction
- Kim, Jong-Bok
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.48 No.3, pp. 509-531
- loose apposition; close apposition; coordination; predication; mismatch; conventional implicature; construction grammar
- The English apposition construction is a phenomenon where two equivalent expressions (anchor and appositive) are adjacent to each other. The construction, whose grammatical relation is different from typical complementation or modification, displays quite intriguing syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic characteristics. Syntactically, the construction is analogous to coordination, but semantically it behaves like a subordination, evoking a propositional meaning. This propositional meaning, incongruously induced from the nominal appositive, does not contribute to the main clausal meaning but induces a conventional implicature. This paper provides a surface-based Construction Grammar analysis that can capture such mismatch mapping between form and function in the construction.