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|Question:||Someone has asked about this word on this site, but I didn't understand the answer. And I can't translate the word. Nor can the Compuserv Writer's Forum, but they did find Ask A Linguist (which has caused all sorts of excitement among the writers).. Syntagme Used in this context: ''First the relative order of the two elements excludes, at least for the francophones, such an interpretation of the syntagme.'' What does syntagme mean? It seems to be a word used to describe how words are placed? Thanks for any help you can give!|
|Reply:||I believe you are the victim of an incomplete translation (for shame). When I did a search on "syntagme" on Google, all the hits were French language pages. My French is a little rusty, but I believe it refers to either a "phrase" or more technically a "constituent phrase", that is a group of words which are structurally related in the grammar. In syntax, examples would include prepositional phrases (PP), noun phrases (NP) and clauses. There are lots of other types of constituent phrases though.|
|Reply From:||Elizabeth J Pyatt click here to access email|