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De la prédication seconde à la prédication autonome

Abstract : Apposition is commonly known as a device wherein a noun (or adjectival) phrase is used (usually) after another noun phrase which refers to the same person or thing, within the same sentence. This article discusses utterances in which the determining noun phrase (or adjectival phrase) is separated from the determined noun phrase by means of a full stop, as below:
Puis l'homme gris se rassied, les yeux rivés sur le mur d'en face. Insensible aux émotions des témoins. Mireille Mendès France : « ça m'a rappelé les caricatures qu'on faisait de mon beau-père » (Le Nouvel Observateur)
Then the grey man sits down again, staring at the wall. Insensitive to the witnesses' feelings. As Mireille Mendès France has it, “That reminded me of the caricatures of my father-in-law”.
Several types of utterances may be discerned, according to the degree of cohesion between the determining verbless predicate and the sentence containing the determined NP. Basing ourselves on a syntactic viewpoint, we point out certain distinctive textual properties of these utterances, e.g. the fact that they often function as transitional elements between left and right contexts.
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Benjamin Delorme, Florence Lefeuvre. De la prédication seconde à la prédication autonome. Verbum, Akadémiai Kiadó, 2004, XXVI, n°4 (XXVI, n°4), pp.281-297. ⟨halshs-00138116⟩

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