syntax

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Ancient Greek σύνταξις (súntaksis), from σύν (sún, together) + τάξις (táksis, arrangement), from τάσσω (tássō, I arrange).

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syntax (plural syntaxes)

  1. A set of rules that govern how words are combined to form phrases and sentences.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, chapter 8, Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 410:
        The incorporation of a rule of V MOVEMENT into our description of English Syntax turns out to have fundamental theoretical implications for our overall Theory of Grammar: it means that we are no longer able to posit that the syntactic structure of a sentence can be described in terms of a single Phrase-marker representing its S-structure. For, the postulation of a rule of V-MOVEMENT means that we must recognise at least two different levels of structure in our Theory of Grammar — namely, a level of D-structure (formerly known as ‘Deep Structureʼ) which serves as input to the rule, and a separate level of S-structure which is formed by application of the rule.
  2. (computing, countable) The formal rules of formulating the statements of a computer language.
  3. (linguistics) The study of the structure of phrases, sentences and language.

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The joke plural syntices occasionally occurs in blogs (by false analogy with matrix etc.)

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Czech[edit]

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syntax f

  1. (linguistics, computing) syntax

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syntax f (genitive singular syntaxe), declension pattern dlaň

  1. syntax (linguistics)

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syntax c

  1. a syntax, a (formal) grammar

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