Litotes, polysyndeton, asyndeton

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I want to discuss syntactical SDs as litotes, polysyndeton and asyndeton because I often use them in my speech. Litotes is a kind of understatement, where the speaker or writer uses a negative of a...

I want to discuss syntactical SDs as litotes, polysyndeton and asyndeton because I often use them in my speech.

Litotes is a kind of understatement, where the speaker or writer uses a negative of a word ironically, to mean the opposite. Litotes is to be found in English literature right back to Anglo-Saxon times.

is a kind of understatement, where the speaker or writer uses a negative of a word ironically, to mean the opposite. Litotes is to be found in English literature right back to Anglo-Saxon times.
Read more at http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/litotes.html#2ZFBdzdkV4jM0yKi.99is a kind of understatement, where the speaker or writer uses a negative of a word ironically, to mean the opposite. Litotes is to be found in English literature right back to Anglo-Saxon times.
 

Examples:

  • The food is not bad.
  • It is no ordinary city
  • "We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all." (Ronald Reagan, Farewell Address to the Nation, January 20, 1989)
  • They aren't the happiest couple around. (they're unhappy)

My examples:

  • It is not a good theme for conversation.
  • This project is not so awful, some points are showed very well.

Polysyndeton is a list or series of words, phrases, or clauses that is connected with the repeated use of the same conjunction. The most common conjunctions used with polysyndeton are and/or.

Examples:

  • We lived and laughed and loved and left.
  • They read and studied and wrote and drilled. I laughed and played and talked and flunked.
  • He ran and jumped and laughed for joy.
"If there be cords, or knives,
Poison, or fire, or suffocating streams,
I'll not endure it." - From 'Othello' by William Shakespeare
My examples:
  • I want to eat pizza, or hamburger, or hot dog, or just to drink Coke.
  • My little brothers usually draw cars, and planes, and robots, and soldiers.
Asyndeton -the omission of conjunctions between clauses, often resulting in a hurried rhythm or vehement effect.
Examples:
  • "He was a bag of bones, a floppy doll, a broken stick, a maniac." (Jack Kerouac, On the Road, 1957)
  • "Speed up the film, Montag, quick. Click, Pic, Look, Eye, Now, Flick, Here, There, Swift, Pace, Up, Down, In, Out, Why, How, Who, What, Where, Eh? Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom!" (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953)
  • He received applause, prizes, money, fame.
  • He provided her education, allowance, dignity.
My examples:
  • I received from her money, documents,contracts to get a loan.
  • He didn't go to scholl,he was ill.

http://fos.iloveindia.com/

http://rhetoric.byu.edu/figures/A/asyndeton.htm

http://www.uhv.edu/ac/grammar/pdf/Polysyndeton.pdf

http://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/litotesterm.htm

http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/litotes.html

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thank you, Farida for this presentation. I like your examples, especially "oh Tristan, I definetely do not hate you")))))
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I liked your presentation, because it is well-structured and logical, very clear examples. You gave us definition, exampes and everything in a short way. To my mind you made the presentation very well, there is the most necessary information for general understanding, which is important. Thank you
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Thanks for good presentation, I like that you wrote your own examples=)
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Thank you for your presentation Farida, I like that in this presentation everything easy and understandable.I like your own examples about hamburger pizza and hot dog.It sounds very TASTY! )))
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Farida, you did a very good job! We can see that you really understood these devices, because of your own examples. Thank you for links to the sites. They are very interesting.
And I am sure that no one ever will tell you these words "This project is not so awful, some points are showed very well"!
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