English queen Tamara, my daughter Semiramis
- “The paradigm case of apposition is exemplified in I met your brother, the poet, where a noun phrase the poet is apposed to a preceding noun phrase your brother, which in turn is the object of met. The relationship is realised by the sequence alone, with no construction marker.” (Matthews 1981:224-225)
The term can refer both to the modifier itself (“in the expression queen Tamara, queen is an apposition”) and to the relation between the head and the modifier (“queen stands in an apposition relation to Tamara”).
Apposition can also refer to
- ‘non-restrictive modification’, especially in appositive relative clause
- ‘expansion of a pronominal index’; see appositive noun phrase
According to the OED, the term is attested in English since the 17th century.
- Matthews, P.H. 1981. Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.