1. an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
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How To Use anacoluthon In A Sentence

  • What we have is technically described as an anacoluthon, defined eg by the OED as 'a construction lacking grammatical sequence'. On anacolutha
  • She employed, not from any refinement of style, but in order to correct her imprudences, abrupt breaches of syntax not unlike that figure which the grammarians call anacoluthon or some such name. The Captive
  • The use of anacoluthon in his essay causes the opinion that he gives to sound more like fact and therefore even more persuasive.
  • You can have cases of anacoluthon which retain the entire semantic content of the target sentences because only grammatical elements have been affected. On anacolutha
  • Such anacoluthon is usually graceful and free from obscurity.
  • We've talked about anacoluthon before, in this blog, and here's another instance. Archive 2009-08-01
  • I've also left out extremely rare or poetic devices (like hypallage) and terms referring to common linguistic errors (like anacoluthon).
  • He takes no thought for style, and his work is marked by frequent pleonasm, anacoluthon, etc.
  • There are usual several ways of resolving an anacoluthon, and yours is another - but there'd have to be a semi-colon or something beforehand, to avoid a reading miscue. On anacolutha
  • If you want to put it in terms of deviations and norms, then anacoluthon is more like the deviant conflation of two syntactic norms, or the interference of one syntactic norm by another. On anacolutha
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