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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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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.
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.
We will see that it needs to be complemented with a syntactic perspective to correctly predict weak function word shift.
Are we really to believe that the poet of The Battle of Maldon when he wrote the verse gedon hoefde (197b) thought of the prefix as a separate function word despite the great multiplicity of prefixed disyllabic words of iambic structure in contemporary prose?
Depending on a function word everyone uses (of), and being unambiguously countable, Wells's negative markers warrant careful scrutiny.
I have counted each occurrence of a word when stressed, no matter how often repeated,(20) classifying it by its linguistic origin (English, French, Old Norse, or "other"(21)), its participation in the rhyme schemes, and its status as a lexical or function word.
Brother International's Super PowerNote Personal Electronic Notebook--which Brother is positioning as the alternative to notebook computers--comes with built-in software, including full function word processing, spreadsheet, address book, and communications to access CompuServe or e-mail.
Having proposed that the lexical entry for the definite article is responsible for the observed distribution of the full and enclitic forms, and for the general precedence of enclitic 'r, we next demonstrate the contrasting behavior of another function word of Welsh, the preverbal proclitic y/yr (mentioned briefly in Section 2).
Included with the Element-L Workstations and Portable computers are the latest Red Hat Linux applications, the newest release of Netscape Communicator, Blender which is a popular 3D modeling and Animation package, a full function Word Processor, and we've chosen the KDE Interface (www.
This view has been common for centuries and reached its acme in the methodological art of structuralism in the mid 1950s, when the preposition was treated as a function word almost deprived of semantic content.
The nasal morpheme we are studying in this section may be pronounced together with the verb, as in (9a), or with the function word, as in (9b).