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ERIC Number: ED117974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 6
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Right Dislocation.
Rodman, Robert
Right dislocations are expressions of the following form: (1) "They told the Grand Jury a number of lies, the Nixon men." (2) "We find we have to limit our social schedule, my husband and I." (3) "Mary always wears a frown, the ugly witch." They are found also almost exclusively in the spoken language. This paper examines contextual situations in which the use of right dislocations is appropriate. Some of the basic functions of right dislocations are to: (1) make fully explicit a pronominal reference that the speaker thinks the audience may be unsure of; (2) remove a "heavy" noun phrase from a position in the sentence where it is felt to be awkward; (3) retain the prominence of postposed articles or direct objects in "complex" or phonologically "heavy" structures; and (4) add prominence or emphasis to a noun phrase. (Author/TL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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