Syllepsis: An unfought battle in the language wars

Alexander Segal

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    Abstract

    Syllepsis (in one meaning of the term) is most commonly thought of as an ungrammatical construction which can in certain contexts function as a figure of speech. Yet the common view is at odds with syllepsis occurring in well-written prose that we experience neither as ungrammatical nor as figurative; and with its being largely ignored by literary and rhetorical analysis. As well as arguing against the common view, the paper considers why the view is so uncontroversial, so common.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-149
    Number of pages13
    JournalAdvances in Language and Literary Studies
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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