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function word

n.
A word, such as a preposition, a conjunction, or an article, that has little semantic content of its own and chiefly indicates a grammatical relationship. Also called form word, functor.

function word

n
(Grammar) grammar a word, such as the, with a particular grammatical role but little identifiable meaning. Compare content word, grammatical meaning

func′tion word`


n.
a word, as a preposition, conjunction, or article, that chiefly expresses grammatical relationships and has little semantic content of its own (disting. from content word).
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
determinative, determiner - one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
preposition - a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
pronoun - a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
conjunctive, connective, continuative, conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
particle - a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
Translations
mot-outil
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Pennebaker, a psychologist, became interested in function word analysis after spending many years working with victims of trauma and, in particular, after seeing the healing power that writing about their trauma had for these victims.
Function word frames (7 types): frame consists of only function words such as prepositions, determiners, conjunctions, pronouns, etc.
In addition, the function word [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ('to') can also be represented as a bound morpheme, where the letter [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is attached to the beginning of a content word as in ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]--to the market).
The first remark is the recurrent 'used as a function word to indicate'.
In English, a function word comes before a content word (the dog, his hat, with friends, for example) and the duration of the content word is longer, while in Japanese or Hindi, the order is reversed, and the pitch of the content word higher.
It was found that both CLIL and mainstream English learners made use of self-repair sequences when they realized that they had used either the wrong content or function word.
Consequently, the telic (functional) role associated with fare is very much in line with the connotative core vocabulary of Italian on the Internet and therefore it is to be expected that a function word of this sort, used to perform dynamic activities, might play such a central role.
Even though this ambiguous function word 'la' (meaning the or it depending on its syntactic context) should make things harder for children, 2-year-olds clearly distinguished between correct and incorrect contexts.
Craig claims that function word tests support this conclusion, but the results are not shown.
We will see that it needs to be complemented with a syntactic perspective to correctly predict weak function word shift.
After the corpus is tagged, frequencies are collected for each tag and for each function word (determiners, prepositions, etc.
Depending on a function word everyone uses (of), and being unambiguously countable, Wells's negative markers warrant careful scrutiny.