- In grammar, a paratactic construction is one in which elements of equal status are linked by pronunciation, or juxtaposition and punctuation. It contrasts with a hypotactic construction, where one element is signalled as subordinate to another. The paratactic theory of indirect speech, proposed by Davidson, suggests that the construction ‘Gorgias said that nothing exists’ is to be thought of as equivalent to two utterances: one of ‘nothing exists’, and another of ‘Gorgias samesaid that’, where samesaying means that Gorgias said something equivalent, and ‘that’ picks out the previous utterance. This last feature proves controversial, especially in connection with repeated contexts. Suppose I say truly ‘Aristotle said that Gorgias said that nothing exists’, then I cannot be presenting Aristotle as saying something about Gorgias's relation to my own utterance of ‘nothing exists’, occurring at the end of my remark, since that utterance lies beyond Aristotle's ken and he cannot have been commenting on Gorgias's relation to it. Grammatically an analysis in which this problem is met by having the demonstrative pick out an abstract object, such as a proposition or statement, would still be paratactic.
Philosophy dictionary. Academic. 2011.
Look at other dictionaries:
paratactic — PARATÁCTIC, Ă, paratactici, ce, adj. Care este exprimat prin parataxă; care alcătuieşte o parataxă sau un element al ei; juxtapus. – Din fr. paratactique. Trimis de valeriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98 PARATÁCTIC adj. v. juxtapus. Trimis de… … Dicționar Român
Paratactic — Par a*tac tic, a. (Gram.) Of pertaining to, or characterized by, parataxis. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
paratactic — [par΄ətak′tik] adj. 1. of, relating to, or involving parataxis: also paratactical 2. designating or using a style in which sentences or elements within sentences are set down successively with little or no indication of their relationship… … Universalium
paratactic — [par΄ətak′tik] adj. 1. of, relating to, or involving parataxis: also paratactical 2. designating or using a style in which sentences or elements within sentences are set down successively with little or no indication of their relationship… … English World dictionary
paratactic — also paratactical adjective Date: 1871 of or relating to parataxis • paratactically adverb … New Collegiate Dictionary
paratactic — adjective Pertaining to or using parataxis. See Also: paratactically, paratactical, parataxis … Wiktionary
paratàctic — pa|ra|tàc|tic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable … Diccionari Català-Català
paratáctic — adj. m., pl. paratáctici; f. sg. paratácticã, pl. paratáctice … Romanian orthography
paratactic — para·tac·tic … English syllables
paratactic — … Useful english dictionary