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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin anacolūthon, from Ancient Greek ἀνακόλουθον ‎(anakólouthon, without sequence, anomalous [of inflections or grammatical constructions]), from ἀ(ν)- ‎(a(n)-, un-) + ἀκόλουθος ‎(akólouthos, following).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ænəkəˈluːθɒn/

NounEdit

anacoluthon ‎(plural anacolutha or anacoluthons)

Examples (intentional use of inconsistent grammatical structure)

You better not or, what do you think will happen?
He had long wanted, and even dreamed about, going to Paris.

  1. (grammar) A sentence or clause that is grammatically inconsistent, especially with respect to the type of clausal or phrasal complement for the initial clause.
    • 1835, Moses Stuart, A Treatise on the Syntax of the New Testament Dialect: With an Appendix, Containing a Dissertation on the Greek Article, Edinburgh: T. Clarke, OCLC 747776407, page 249:
      Another species of anacoluthon is when, after the sentence is begun with a participle, the construction passes over into a finite verb, where we should naturally expect the participial construction to be continued.
  2. (rhetoric) Intentional use of such a structure.
    • 1874, James Boyd, Elements of English Composition, Grammatical, Rhetorical, Logical, and Practical; Prepared for Academies and Schools, New York: A.S. Barnes, OCLC 18937532, page 281:
      Anacoluthon, though a grammatical defect, is a rhetorical beauty, if naturally produced or imitated; as, "If thou art he—but oh! how fallen!"

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ReferencesEdit

  • “anacoluthon” in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.
  • Silva Rhetoricae

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ἀνακόλουθον ‎(anakólouthon, without sequence, anomalous [of inflections or grammatical constructions]), from ἀ- ‎(a-, not) + ἀκόλουθος ‎(akólouthos, following).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

anacolūthon n ‎(genitive anacolūthī); second declension

  1. anacoluthon

InflectionEdit

Second declension, Greek type.

Case Singular Plural
nominative anacolūthon anacolūtha
genitive anacolūthī anacolūthōrum
dative anacolūthō anacolūthīs
accusative anacolūthon anacolūtha
ablative anacolūthō anacolūthīs
vocative anacolūthon anacolūtha

ReferencesEdit

  • “anacoluthon” in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.
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