What does anacoluthon mean?

anacoluthon meaning in General Dictionary

insufficient grammatical series or coherence in a phrase an instance of a change of building in a phrase so that the latter component does not syntactically correspond with the first component

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  • an abrupt modification within a sentence from 1 syntactic construction to another
  • A want of grammatical sequence or coherence in a sentence; a case of an alteration of construction in a phrase so that the latter part doesn't syntactically correspond using very first part.

anacoluthon meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"want of grammatical series; altering buildings in mid-clause," 1706, from Latinized form of Greek anakoluthon, neuter of anakolouthos "inconsequent," from an- "not" (see an- (1)) + akolouthos "following," from copulative prefix a- + keleuthos "way, roadway, track, course" (see celerity).


anacoluthon meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A want of grammatical sequence or coherence in a sentence; an instance of a big change of construction in a sentence so your latter part cannot syntactically correspond using very first part.