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Figures of speech: Rearrangement

 

Techniques > Use of language > Figures of speech  > Figures of speech: Rearrangement

 

There is a family of figures of speech where a key element is rearrangement of words in some way. Here they are:

  • Adjunction: Putting the verb at the beginning.
  • Anastrophe: Changing normal word order.
  • Antimetabole: repeating clause, reversing word order.
  • Chiasmus: Two phrases, with reversal in second.
  • Diallage: Multiple arguments to establish a single point.
  • Extraposition: Putting a subject at a later position than normal.
  • Hypallage: Reversing syntactical relationship.
  • Hyperbaton: Separating words that belong together.
  • Hysteron proteron: Reversing temporal sequence to put key things first.
  • Oxymoron: Adjacent words that seem to contradict one another.
  • Spoonerism: Interchange of initial letters of two words.
  • Synchysis: Confused arrangement of words.

See also

Confusion principle

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