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hypotaxis Syllabification: hy·po·tax·is
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈtaksis/

Definition of hypotaxis in English:


The subordination of one clause to another. Contrasted with parataxis.
Example sentences
  • In reality, as you might have guessed, a mixture of parataxis and hypotaxis is far more common.
  • The first of these is a form of parataxis, or linear extension; the second is a form of hypotaxis, or extension of hierarchical depth.
  • Parmenides’ poem, despite its first-glance resemblance to epic poetry, is a mess of complicated hypotaxis.


Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈtaktik/
Example sentences
  • It is argued that the hypotactic constructions present in the NS's discourse provide explicit signals of logical and prominence relations.
  • This form of syntax represents a shift from an earlier preference for hypotactic and paratactic (explicitly coordinated) syntax.


Late 19th century: from Greek hupotaxis, from hupo 'under' + taxis 'arrangement'.

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