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Examples of Anacoluthon


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-07 13:02:12
Anacoluthon is a syntactic interruption or deviation: that is, an abrupt change in a sentence from one construction to another which is grammatically inconsistent with the first. Plural: anacolutha. Also known as a syntactic blend.

Anacoluthon is sometimes considered a stylistic fault (a type of dysfluency) and sometimes a deliberate rhetorical effect (a figure of speech).

Anacoluthon is more common in speech than in writing. Robert M. Fowler notes that the "spoken word readily forgives and perhaps even favors anacoluthon" (Let the Reader Understand, 1996).

Examples of Anacoluthon:

* Agreements entered into when three states of facts exists — are they to be maintained regardless of changing conditions? (John George Diefenbaker)
* Had ye been there — for what could that have done? (John Milton in Lycidas)

William Shakespeare uses anacoluthon in his history plays such as in this (Henry V IV iii 346-6):

* "Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart."

Additionally, Conrad Aiken"s Rimbaud and Verlaine has an extended anacoluthon as it discusses anacoluthon:

* "Discussing, between moves, iamb and spondee

Anacoluthon and the open vowel
God the great peacock with his angel peacocks
And his dependent peacocks the bright stars..."

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