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n. Grammar
The dependent or subordinate relationship of clauses with connectives.

[Greek hupotaxis, subjection, from hupotassein, to arrange under : hupo-, hypo- + tassein, tag-, to arrange.]

hy′po·tac′tic (-tăk′tĭk) adj.
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(Grammar) grammar the subordination of one clause to another by a conjunction. Compare parataxis
hypotactic adj
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(ˌhaɪ pəˈtæk sɪs)

the linking together of clauses or phrases in a subordinate relationship, as by using conjunctions; subordination. Compare parataxis.
[1880–85; < Greek hypótaxis subjection; see hypo-, -taxis]
hy`po•tac′tic (-ˈtæk tɪk) adj.
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arrangement of thoughts by subordination in grammatical construction. Cf. parataxis. — hypotactic, adj.
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This practice of inversion, paired with complicated hypotaxis, means that one often finds oneself several phrases deep in a sentence, and many lines deep in a stanza, before arriving at the subject and/or the main verb phrase.
To use two of Alter's favorite examples: 1) Whereas Hebrew narrative typically repeats the same word over and over again, in cultured English we are taught to vary our vocabulary, and 2) Whereas educated English prose is constructed via hypotaxis, with strings of dependent or subordinate clauses (see, for example, the opening sentence of this review), ancient Hebrew prose is assembled via parataxis, with one complete clause after another, linked by the conjunction "and."
The technical term for this is hypotaxis, and it is not the style of the times.
21) argue that whereas taxis can be divided into parataxis and hypotaxis, the logico-semantic relationships are of two broad kinds: expansion (comprising extension, enhancement and elaboration) and projection (comprising locution and idea) (cf.
In that language, intervening material of the kind discussed here (79) between the subject and the main verb is common to every subordinate clause, and there is no evidence that this may be a readability or comprehensibility problem for speakers (Thurmair; Marschall; Wegener; Bisiada, "From Hypotaxis to Parataxis" 49).
It tends to hypotaxis, to monologue, to reification, and agglomeration.
Typically, written language becomes complex by being lexically dense: it packs a large number of lexical items into each clause; whereas spoken language becomes complex by being grammatically intricate: it builds up elaborate clause complexes out of parataxis and hypotaxis (1994, p.
2) Predominance of parataxis over hypotaxis. Sentences are mostly short and in most cases verbs are expressed in the present indicative, which is consistent with signifying, for Leopardi here is basically indicating the state of things.
through hypotaxis, the clumsy failures and self-doubts that lead one to
In the 54th tweet, the user writes, "I say I am Armenian but I am TURKISH no to discrimination RT." This tweet shows a reaction to differentiating by saying "no to discrimination." In the same tweet, however, the user claims, "I am Armenian but I am TURKISH." The utilization of hypotaxis, "but," points to a position difference between what comes before and what comes after.
(1) In terms of taxis, clauses are in a relationship based on either hypotaxis (relations of dependency) or on parataxis (relationship of equals).