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  • adj. Pertaining to or using parataxis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of pertaining to, or characterized by, parataxis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to parataxis; characterized by parataxis.
  • Arranged without any logical connection, as in disconnected literary or artistic composition. A frieze made up of independent and separate subjects may be said to be paratactic.


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  • This is often called the paratactic account of indirect speech reports.

    Propositional Attitude Reports

  • Supported by its distinctly "paratactic" nature, Hölderlin's poetry here is presented as a type of scripture that expressly foregoes the desire for closure, as evidenced by the carefully open-ended reception of "the strangers 'tongue" (die Sprache der Fremdlinge) that was "heard ... comprehended ... interpreted" (vernommen/verstanden/gedeutet). [

    Pfau, Coda & Works Cited'

  • It generally uses words of Anglo-Saxon rather than Latin origin, and its sentences often have a paratactic structure — that is, they juxtapose a series of short elements, sometimes joining them with a simple conjunction (usually "and").

    Beginning With the Word

  • I know and use “explicate”, I know “trope”, I have a vague sense of both “quotidian” and “discursive”, and “paratactic” is a complete mystery.

    Waldo Jaquith - 5 words my poetry professor used during today’s lecture.

  • On 14 February 2008 with 9 comments explicate discursive paratactic trope quotidian

    Waldo Jaquith - 5 words my poetry professor used during today’s lecture.

  • [And this, in a footnote:] ‘Simple’ is often a call for syntax to be kept paratactic and straightforward.

    Missing the Vernacular : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Readers, I think, are bored senseless with poem after poem full of expository paratactic syntax; it patronizes them, and all but accuses them of being unable to follow an argument.

    Missing the Vernacular : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Worse, their concern for readers accustomed to short Dick-and-Jane sentences and political cliché has often led them to chop up Herodotus 'long, marvelously organized paratactic clauses, scramble his sentences, omit his oral-style repetitions altogether, pepper his text with unmarked explanatory glosses, and turn his concrete phraseology into a series of bland bureaucratic abstractions.

    The Great Marathon Man

  • If the syntax of the story has to this point been hypotactic to an almost absurd degree (even for German), the sentences suddenly become simpler, even paratactic.

    Reading, Begging, Paul de Man

  • Loch, water, in which case the story would be called "The Beggarwoman of Water by Water" — the locative designation of "a city by a river" now replaced by the paratactic parallelism of the ghostly crutch: water, water/tap, tap.

    Reading, Begging, Paul de Man


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  • I don't see what's paratactic about the example the reviewer cites.

    October 23, 2009

  • "The poems are full of paratactic leaps, each a desperate attempt at escape, except, we find out, escape is just another schtick, e.g., 'Adam turned aside to indulge a passion for turning aside.'"

    - Boston Review

    October 23, 2009

  • "a kind of paratactic unarticulation" Casanova, Samuel Beckett, p. 16.

    January 4, 2007

  • January 4, 2007