I have a question around apposition, and would like to ensure I’m not overlooking anything. I’m editing an article where there are multiple instances of phrases that I would usually cordon off with a en dash or colon, as while they’re clarifying what precedes, they’re also introducing a new point. However, is it possible that they’re just a variant of apposition that I’m not aware of, and are therefore grammatical?
Here are some (altered) examples from the text (phrases in question are in bold):
‘Finally, there is a pivotal point to make about this question of funding for stationary, the ‘funding war’ of this article’s title.’
‘The next occasion was a surprise attack on the main funding body by Mr Squiggle, militant sketch artist, an attack that further demoralised the citizens of the Moon.’