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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)..
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!
My colleagues are correct. Another translation (a more anglicized
one would have been 'syntagm' -- cf. 'diaphragm/diaphragmatic', and
looking up 'syntagmatic', a slightly more common word in English,
perhaps, may give you more info) would be simply 'construction'.
James L. Fidelholtz
Graduate Program in Language Sciences
Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
Benem'erita Universidad Aut'onoma de Puebla, M'EXICO
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