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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- Plural: syntaxes
- A (noun) syntactician is a linguist that specializes in studying (adjective) syntactic topics.
- Also called:
- phrase structure
- sentence structure
- Word origin of “syntax” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Borsley, Robert D. 1999. Syntactic Theory: A Unified Approach. 2nd ed. London: Arnold.
- Chomsky, Noam. 1965. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Cambridge: MIT Press.
How to Cite the Definition of Syntax
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “syntax.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
syntax. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “syntax.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“syntax.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/syntax/>.