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Incoordination (sentence-initial counterparts of "and")

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In particular, the Book of Mormon uses "and" to break up new lines, leading to a pattern where there is often para-hypotaxis (see above, along the lines of "If X, / and Y"), which is considered by some Mormon scholars to be a Hebraic style, and obviously quite unusual for English. Poetic rhythm is another factor or explanation to consider.

I don't know if similar usage is found exactly like that elsewhere in English (it seems unusual, perhaps unique), but I just happen to know of that example because I cited it in the 2016 paper mentioned above, with reference to a Mormon scholar's introduction to a volume of the text discussing that particular feature.


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