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EN 300: Modern Theories of Grammar: Syntax

Syntax Overview

Syntax - "Has to do with how sentences and other phrases can be constructed out of smaller phrases and words. As a native speaker of some language, you know which strings of words correspond to sentences in your language, and which don't, because you know what the permissible syntactic combinations of words are in your language.Syntax is also a name for the subfield of linguistics that studies this component of grammar."

Vedrana Mihalicek and Christina Wilson (Eds.) 2011. Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 196.

Relevant Library of Congress Subject Areas


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

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Syntax Subject Areas

  • Traditional Grammar
  • Phrase Structure Grammar
  • Transformational - Generative Grammar
  • Connectionist (Association)

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