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Old English SyntaxConcord, The Parts of Speech, and the Sentence$
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Bruce Mitchell

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198119357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119357.001.0001

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Parataxis and the ‘Multiple Sentence’

Parataxis and the ‘Multiple Sentence’

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(p.693) V Parataxis and the ‘Multiple Sentence’
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Old English Syntax
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Bruce Mitchell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119357.003.0005

The term ‘parataxis’ is used here in a purely formal sense to mean a construction in which sentences or clauses are not formally subordinated one to the other. A multiple (or compound) sentence is traditionally defined as a sentence consisting of two or more co-ordinate clauses, i.e., clauses joined together by co-ordinating conjunctions such as ‘and’ (‘cumulative’), ‘but’ (‘adversative’), ‘(either…) or’ (‘alternative’), and ‘for’ (‘illative’). This chapter discusses asyndetic parataxis, syndetic parataxis, correlation not involving subordination, and element order in paratactic non-dependent questions.

Keywords:   Old English, syntax, asyndetic parataxis, syndetic parataxis, multiple sentence

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