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Figures of speech: Rearrangement
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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
- Anastrophe: Changing normal word order.
- Antimetabole: repeating clause, reversing
- 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.