Meaning of hypotaxis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪpə(ʊ)ˈtaksɪs/


mass nounGrammar
  • The subordination of one clause to another.

    Contrasted with parataxis

    ‘In reality, as you might have guessed, a mixture of parataxis and hypotaxis is far more common.’
    • ‘The first of these is a form of parataxis, or linear extension; the second is a form of hypotaxis, or extension of hierarchical depth.’
    • ‘Parmenides’ poem, despite its first-glance resemblance to epic poetry, is a mess of complicated hypotaxis.’
    • ‘These letters are also the most commonly used in the analysis of hypotaxis.’
    • ‘The word hypotaxis literally means ‘beneath’ ‘arrangement’, and hypotaxis forms the basis of subordination.’


Late 19th century from Greek hupotaxis, from hupo ‘under’ + taxis ‘arrangement’.