Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Grammar The dependent or subordinate relationship of clauses with connectives.

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  • n. Syntactic subordination of one clause or construction to another

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In grammar, dependent construction: opposed to parataxis.

Etymologies

Greek hupotaxis, subjection, from hupotassein, to arrange under : hupo-, hypo- + tassein, tag-, to arrange.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It is no good trying to issue bans on hypotaxis, or on any other phenomenon, and make them apply to one sex only.

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  • As a result, hypotaxis, or syntactic subordination, has a very different role in German, which clearly marks each subordinate clause not only with commas but also by shifting its verb to the very end, so that we can easily tell which clause is describing foreground and which background.

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  • Similarly, if you go back and look at what Yeats and his acolytes and influences were doing with Irish literature, you do not find the kind of focus on elaborate hypotaxis that you associate with, say, the Donne moment.

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  • The opposite of parataxis is hypotaxis, the marking of relations between propositions and clause by connectives that point backward or forward.

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  • The opposite of parataxis is hypotaxis, the marking of relations between propositions and clause by connectives that point backward or forward. ...

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  • As parataxis (loose relationships between clauses) gives way to hypotaxis, there is a need for pronouns to signal the union between clauses

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  • At any given moment there's never enough text on the screen to build up a really meaty paragraph, which means there's little opportunity for the constructive, building-block hypotaxis I expect from modern prose.

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  • Kafka learned Kleist’s lesson about the anxiety created by intricate hypotaxis and the suspense of waiting for the verb to drop like the headsman’s ax at the end of a long and harrowing sentence.

    The Metamorphosis, in The Penal Colony,and Other Stories

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