- Oct 1, 2002Aiya!
What do you think is the exact meaning of the term "apposition" in
that quote about the last declinable word ("...in the case of two
declinable names in apposition only the last is declined", UT:317)?
[Any decent English dictionary will give a sufficient definition. Here is one
for the _American Heritage Dictionary_:
"1. Grammar a. A construction in which a noun or noun phrase is placed with
another as an explanatory equivalent, both having the same syntactic relation
to the other elements in the sentence; for example, Copley and the painter in
The painter Copley was born in Boston. b. The relationship between such nouns
or noun phrases. 2. A placing side by side or next to each other." CFH]
We know about examples (namely in "Oilima Markirya") of this rule
being ignored (_raamainen elvie_), and I wonder could there be any
regular reason for that? Perhaps "apposition" is the clue. While
*_Elendil Voronda_ surely has two "names" in apposition, *_raamar
elvie_ hasn't. If I understand the term correctly. I won't translate
the Russian definition I use into English, but according to it
simple noun + adjective combinations are not always cases of
apposition. But that is also true of cases like _isilme ilcalasse_!
[Inversions and other alterations of normal word order are among of the
hallmarks of poetic diction. CFH]
Namaarie! S.Y., Elenhil Laiquendo [Boris Shapiro]
: sii man i yulma nin enquantuva? :
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