- the study of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language.
- the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words.
- the rules or patterns so studied: English syntax.
- a presentation of these: a syntax of English.
- an instance of these: the syntax of a sentence.
- that branch of modern logic that studies the various kinds of signs that occur in a system and the possible arrangements of those signs, complete abstraction being made of the meaning of the signs.
- the outcome of such a study when directed upon a specified language.
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When it comes to metadata, you need to make sure that the syntax is exact.Don’t lose sleep over the Page Experience Update and more; Friday’s daily brief|Barry Schwartz|February 26, 2021|Search Engine Land
As I learned, many language researchers dispute that Koko and other gorillas actually learned sign language, arguing that they didn’t learn its syntax and had instead just mastered a few modified American Sign Language signs.Solution to Evan Birnholz’s Jan. 31 Post Magazine crossword, “That Makes No Sense”|Evan Birnholz|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
In many cases, the task a model is trained on does not force it to care about word order or syntax in general.Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language|Will Heaven|January 12, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Personally I’ve been doing a lot of work on the relationship between syntax and sociolinguistics.Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Kevin Berger|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
The style is stuffy, the syntax is antique, and the conceit is never really convincing.Robin Sloan’s Book Bag: Five Science Fiction Books That Matter|Robin Sloan|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Butler's syntax sometimes gets in the way of understanding what she's asserting as fact.
From the syntax, it's a separate item, as if the requirement for the loyalty oath is law.
Syntax aside, the real consideration is the degree to which Romney can afford to alienate Hispanic Americans.Mitt Romney Is a Lot Like Thomas E. Dewey, the Equivocating Loser to Truman|Robert Shrum|June 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If you did learn to read it, you would discover the alienness of the syntax and structure.Why I’ve Learned Many Languages by Aravind Adiga|Aravind Adiga|February 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
From these shapeless rudiments we have, it is true, an immense distance to travel before we arrive at syntax.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
As between Provençal and French this comparison would be between words, rather than in syntax.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
His is ill syntax with heaven; and by unfeared he means unafraid: Words of a quite contrary signification.The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)|John Dryden
It might have invented fresh inflections, and shaped its own syntax.American Sketches|Charles Whibley
For the same feature in syntax see the division of simple sentences on p. 252.
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Cultural definitions for syntax
The sequence in which words are put together to form sentences. In English, the usual sequence is subject, verb, and object.