Definition of parataxis in US English:



  • The placing of clauses or phrases one after another, without words to indicate coordination or subordination, as in Tell me, how are you?

    Contrasted with hypotaxis
    • ‘A qualitative analysis of the two texts revealed a number of differences in discourse structure, including different patterns of hypotaxis and parataxis.’
    • ‘The relation of coordination may be that of clause-chaining, parataxis, or conjunction.’
    • ‘You don't use parataxis very much but you get that suggestion through grammar.’
    • ‘With lyric intensity - developed through H.D.'s characteristic techniques of parataxis, syntactic parallelism, and repetition - Natalia admires the building.’
    • ‘In a fundamental conflict between constative force and performative possibility, the assuring parataxis itself begins to serve as a resistant marker of performatives that potentially contradict its simple narrative.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek parataxis, from para- ‘beside’ + taxis ‘arrangement’ (from tassein ‘arrange’).