Wednesday, October 10, 2012
anacoluthon noun [an-uh-kuh-LOO-thon] A construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
Definitions for anacoluthon
- A construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
- An instance of anacoluthia.
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Citations for anacoluthon
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.
Sometimes there is no main verb at all, or the sentence is an anacoluthon, beginning in one way and ending in another.
Origin of anacoluthon
Anacoluthon has a very literal meaning in Greek. The root kolouth- meant "march." However this root has two prefixes. First, the prefix a- means "together." The other prefix "an-" means "not following." In Greek anakólouthos meant "not following."