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Parenthetical Words And Phrases

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External information is mostly expressed in words and phrases that syntactically cannot be regarded as full parenthetical expressions. This broad definition of parenthesis leaves no real common denominator for the examples discussed in this chapter except that they all contain short units of information with content that belongs outside the clause in which it appears. The content also impacts the classification of the examples assembled in this chapter, so they are divided into two primary groups and subgroups according to context. One of the two basic sections is words and phrases referring to a speaker, an observer’s identity, God’s standpoint, appeal and plea, and addresses, and epistemic modal adverbials. These types have no real positive common denominator apart from giving extra information. They are put together to differentiate them, as non-narrative formulas, from the second of the two sections, namely specific narrative formulas in the form of time co-ordinates.

Keywords: narrative formulas; parenthetical phrases; parenthetical words; time co-ordinates



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