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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!
Elizabeth has it right! 'syntagme' simply means 'phrase' or
'constituent phrase', so SN (syntagme nominal) in French is
equivalent to NP (noun phrase) in English, and so on...It comes
from them Greek 'suntagma' which means 'syntax'.
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