taxeme

[tak-seem]

noun Linguistics.

a feature of the arrangement of elements in a construction, as selection, order, phonetic modification, or modulation.

Nearby words

  1. taxaceous,
  2. taxation,
  3. taxation without representation,
  4. taxation without representation is tyranny,
  5. taxco,
  6. taxes,
  7. taxflation,
  8. taxgatherer,
  9. taxi,
  10. taxi dancer

Origin of taxeme

First recorded in 1930–35; tax- + -eme

Related formstax·e·mic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for taxeme

taxeme

noun

linguistics any element of speech that may differentiate one utterance from another with a different meaning, such as the occurrence of a particular phoneme, the presence of a certain intonation, or a distinctive word order
Derived Formstaxemic, adjective

Word Origin for taxeme

C20: from Greek taxis order, arrangement + -eme

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