1 progressing melodically by intervals of a second; "conjunct motion of an ascending scale" [ant: disjunct]
2 bound in close association; "conjunct influences"; "conjunct ideas"
3 involving the joint activity of two or more; "the attack was met by the combined strength of two divisions"; "concerted action"; "the conjunct influence of fire and strong dring"; "the conjunctive focus of political opposition"; "a cooperative effort"; "a united effort"; "joint military activities" [syn: combined, concerted, conjunctive, cooperative, united]
- Rhymes: -ʌŋkt
In linguistics, the term conjunct has two distinct uses:
- A conjunct is an adverbial adjunct that adds information to
that not considered part of the propositional content (or at
least not essential) but which connects the sentence with previous
parts of the discourse. Rare though it is,
conjuncts may also connect to the following parts of the discourse.
- It was raining. Therefore, we didn’t go swimming.
- It was sunny. However, we stayed inside.
- You are such a dork. Still, I love you from the bottom of my heart.
This article discusses the first kind of conjunct.
Forms of conjunctIn English conjuncts typically have the following forms:
- Single word (often an adverb):
- Consequently, I went home.
- As a result, I went home.
- Taking that reason into account, I went home.
The semantic functions of conjunctsEnglish conjuncts often have the following functions
- Listing (indicating that what follows is a list of propositions)
- To begin with, I have to tell you that I'm most displeased with your performance in the show. I also think you did a bad job painting the house. You're a lousy cook. You smell. Your hat is ... etc.
- Enumerative (indicating items on a list of propositions)
- First, we have to buy bread. Second, we need to take the car to the garage. Third, we have to call your dentist and make an appointment.
- Additive (indicating that the content of the sentence is in addition to the preceding one)
- He has no money. In addition, he has no means of getting any.
- Summative (summing up, or concluding, on the preceding sentence(s))
- A is B. A is C. To sum up, A is several things.
- Appositive (rephrasing the preceding sentence)
- The French love music. In other words, music is appreciated in France.
- Resultative/inferential (indicating that the content of the sentence is a result of the events expressed in the preceding sentence)
- Miss Gold lost her job. She, therefore, had no money.
- Antithetic (indicating that the content of the sentence is in contrast to the content of the preceding sentence)
- It is said that water flows up hill. On the contrary, it flows downhill
- Concessive (indicating that the content of the sentence "exists" despite the content in the preceding sentence)
- It is very cold. I went for my morning walk, however.
- Temporal (indicating temporal relation between the contend of the sentence and the preceding sentence)
- I had lunch. Meanwhile, my wife had her hair cut.