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Definitions of Syntax

  1. (noun) The study of rules governing the arrangement of words and other elements (e.g., punctuation) to create clauses, phrases, and sentences.
  2. (noun) The formal rules for structuring well-formed clauses, phrases, and sentences.

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Syntax Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsɪnˌtæks/
    • British English
      • /ˈsɪntaks/
  • Syllabification: (syn·tax)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: syntaxes
  • Not to be confused with semantics, which relates to the meaning of words.
  • Also called:
    • phrase structure
    • sentence structure
  • A (noun) syntactician is a linguist that specializes in studying (adjective) syntactic topics.

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “syntax.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

syntax. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “syntax.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“syntax.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/>.