From: Maurice A. O'Sullivan (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Oct 29 2000 - 20:00:10 EST
At 22:47 29/10/00, Mark Armstrong wrote:
>I would be grateful if someone could clarify the following terms for me.
No, it's not a device, it's a mistake
> Is there a formal definition for "solecism"?
From the Shorter Oxford English dictionary:
[Fr. solécisme or L soloecismus f. Gk soloikismos, f. soloikos speaking
incorrectly, said by ancient writers to refer to the corrupted Attic
dialect spoken by Athenian colonists at Soloi in Cilicia: ]
1 A violation of rules or conventions; a mistake, a blunder; an
incongruity, an inconsistency; esp. (a) a mistake of grammar or idiom, a
blunder in speaking or writing; (b) a breach of good manners, a piece of
incorrect behaviour. M16. 2 Violation of rules or conventions, error; esp.
incorrect or ungrammatical speech or writing.
>2. Elliptical construction. This term has arisen from my examination of
>Mark 2:10, "IVA DE EIDHTE.........". The adverbial clause is described by
>Morna Hooker as an elliptical construction - apparently because it has no
>direct linkage with a main verb or participle in the pericope, or maybe its
>antecedent is back in verse 5. In any case, verse 10 gives the choice
>between two alternatives.
Again from the SOED:
Characterized by ellipsis; spec. (of sentences etc.) defective, lacking a
word or words needed to complete the sense.
Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]
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