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Re: A Rhetorical Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0131  Sunday, 21 January 2001

From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Jan 2001 15:00:41 -0800
Subject: 12.0118 A Rhetorical Question
Comment:        Fw: SHK 12.0118 A Rhetorical Question

This is a puzzler! I'm looking in Richard Lanham's _A Handlist of
Rhetorical Terms_ (2nd edition; Berkeley: U of California P, 1991), and
haven't found an exact match, yet. It's definitely not antiptosis, which
is a change in case (Cookie Monster's "Me want cookie" is one of
Lanham's example!).  Hendiadys is not the same either, since it requires
the two nouns to have an "and" between them, and also because it doesn't
seem to require whether the nouns be abstract or concrete.

If we never find it, perhaps we can give it a place of its own ... call
it abstractio, or some such thing.

Anyone else?

Paul E. Doniger
 

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