1. (noun) A formal system of rules for speaking and writing a language.
2. (noun) The branch of linguistics that studies semantics, syntax, and morphology.
Example: Adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs are the primary components of written and spoken English.
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- Plural: grammars
- A (noun) grammarian studies (adjective) grammatical or (adjective) grammatic topics.
- Sociolinguistics Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “grammar” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Holliday, Adrian. 2013. Understanding Intercultural Communication: Negotiating a Grammar of Culture. London: Routledge.
- Selting, Margret, and Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, eds. 2001. Studies in Interactional Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Valli, Clayton, and Ceil Lucas. 1995. Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
How to Cite the Definition of Grammar
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “grammar.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/grammar/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
grammar. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/grammar/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “grammar.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/grammar/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“grammar.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/grammar/>.