Apo koinou construction

In linguistics, an apo koinou construction /æpəˈkɔɪn/ is a blend of two clauses through a lexical word which has two syntactical functions, one in each of the blended clauses. The clauses are connected asyndentically.

Usually the word common for both sentences is a predicative or an object in the first sentence and subject in the second one. As such constructions are not part of standard modern English, they serve a stylistic function of characterizing a character through his speech as uneducated.

The term 'apo koinou' is from two Greek words: the preposition apo ('from') and koinou, the genitive singular of the neuter - koinon - of the adjective koinos, koine, koinon (meaning 'common').



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