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Madi Hotchkiss

on 30 April 2014

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Transcript of Syllepsis

1. The device syllepsis comes into play when a single word that influences or regulates two or more than two other words needs to be comprehended individually and in light of every particular ensuing word.
1. "When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes."
(E.B. White, "Dog Training")
Raising voice or hopes. One verb for two separate actions

2."Piano, n. A parlor utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor. It is operated by depressing the keys of the machine and the spirits of the audience."
(Ambrose Bierce,
A Devil's Dictionary
depressing the keys and spirits are two separate actions
Media Example
Second Definition
A construction in which a word governs two or more other words but agrees in number, gender, or case with only one, or has a different meaning when applied to each of the words
Carter Zeck and Madi Hotchkiss
Auditory Example
Until 1:15
Forms of Syllepsis
1. Sylleptic
A sylleptic sentence uses a word, often a verb, that has multiple meanings.

Syllepsis is when a word, often a verb, is used as two separate meanings in a sentence, such as lost in 'She lost her car keys and her temper'.
Forms of Syllepsis
2. Syllepses
In the sentence, there were multiple examples of syllepses.
Forms of Syllepsis
3. Sylleptically
The verb, used sylleptically, had multiple meanings.
The verb 'losing' is used in several different connotations.
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