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.

Example: The American Sociological Association’s Style Guide and the Chicago Manual of Style provide syntactical rules and both are used to guide this dictionary.

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  • Plural: syntaxes
  • A (noun) syntactician is a linguist that specializes in studying (adjective) syntactic topics.
  • Also called:
    • phrase structure
    • sentence structure

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