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n. pl. an·a·co·lu·thons or an·a·co·lu·tha (-thə)
An abrupt change within a sentence to a second construction inconsistent with the first, sometimes used for rhetorical effect; for example, I warned him that if he continues to drink, what will become of him?

[Late Latin, from Late Greek anakolouthon, inconsistency in logic, from Greek, neuter of anakolouthos, inconsistent : an-, not; see a-1 + akolouthos, following (a-, together; see sem- in Indo-European roots + keleuthos, path).]

an′a·co·lu′thic adj.
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n, pl -tha (-θə)
(Rhetoric) rhetoric a construction that involves the change from one grammatical sequence to another within a single sentence; an example of anacoluthia
[C18: from Late Latin, from Greek anakolouthon, from anakolouthos not consistent, from an- + akolouthos following]
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(ˌæn ə kəˈlu θɒn)

n., pl. -tha (-thə).
a grammatical construction involving a break in sequence or coherence, as It makes me so - I just get angry.
[1700–10; < Greek anakólouthon, neuter of anakólouthos not following =an- an-1 + akólouthos marching together (a- together + -kolouthos, derivative of kéleuthos road, march)]
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a lack of grammatical sequence or coherence, as “He ate cereal, fruit, and went to the store.” Also anacoluthia.anacoluthic, adj.
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Noun1.anacoluthon - an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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[ˌænəkəˈluːθɒn] N (anacolutha (pl)) [ˌænəkəˈluːθə]anacoluto m
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As Matamala (2009: 115) points out, this implies that standard language is generally used, containing some informal features--typical from oral discourse--such as hesitations, false starts, repetitions or anacolutha, i.e.
At the same time, however, Kazoo Dreamboats may be viewed as continuing the experiment of Blue Slides at Rest (2004), where the stanzas are divided into rectangular patches of text, thus suggesting regularity and cohesion, while the centripetal arrangement of words and phrases predicated on frequent use of parataxis and anacolutha subverts that apparent cohesion.