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Of or relating to the relationship between linguistic units in a construction or sequence, as between the (n) and adjacent sounds in not, ant, and ton. The identity of a linguistic unit within a language is described by a combination of its syntagmatic and its paradigmatic relations.

[French syntagmatique, from Greek suntagmatikos, arranged, put in order, from suntagma, suntagmat-, arrangement, syntactic unit; see syntagma.]


1. (Linguistics) of or denoting a syntagma
2. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: syntagmic denoting or concerning the relationship between a word and other members of a syntactic unit containing it


(ˌsɪn tægˈmæt ɪk)

pertaining to or being a relationship among linguistic elements that occur sequentially, as the relationship between the sun and is shining or the and sun in The sun is shining. Compare paradigmatic (def. 2).
[1935–40; < French syntagmatique (1916); see syntagma, -ic]
syn`tag•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.syntagmatic - related as members of a syntagma; "syntagmatic word associations"
paradigmatic - related as members of a substitution class; "paradigmatic word associations"


[ˌsɪntægˈmætɪk] ADJsintagmático
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The current practice of organizing information is generally paradigmatic although syntagmatic relationships are present by co-occurrence in postcoordinate indexing, requiring Boolean searching (with AND or NOT).
According to Kant, every individual application of the representations creates a syntagmatic unit of discourse "schema," which becomes the "unity in the determination of sensuousness" (Frank, 1997, p.
Maybe I'll get into the Barthesian Codes or Christian Metz's Syntagmatic Relations a bit later--both of which, incidentally, I learned about for the first time in Robin's classes, notwithstanding his evident and sometimes indignant distaste for some of the more lurid and meretricious aspects of French Poststructuralism.
Language functions on the twin axis of selection and combination in accordance with paradigmatic and syntagmatic relationships for constructing the verbal code.
Community is imagined at the point where syntagmatic and paradigmatic meet; repatriating to the nation's capital in the year 2000 the remains of an unknown--but paradigmatically Canadian--soldier who died in the Great War constitutes an opportunity for imagining innocence, grieving for innocence lost, and repeating the consolidation of the nation's making in the present through a war remembered.
Each of the lessons reviewed so far have a different function: whereas the first--the work ethic--has been paradigmatic, providing the basic template that I have followed in my professional life, the second was syntagmatic, i.
Literary critics have long been aware of the paradigmatic and syntagmatic relationships in a text.
S-Syntactic rules, which will explain its external syntagmatic structure.
2) In the sense of Sinclair's (1991) understanding (a collocation as any type of sense-making combination) an ideosyncratic syntagmatic combination of lexical units, independent of word class or syntactic structure is understood as a collocation (cf.
In its relationship with the city, the skyscraper can also be seen at the intersection of the syntagmatic axis (city form) and with the paradigmatic axis (building concept and shape).
Because Watt argues that the novel of formal realism features a specific selection of elements embedded in a particular kind of ordering structure, I often recruit the structuralist premises of paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations to help students comprehend the potential expansiveness of his theoretical design.
Syntagmatic progression cannot be interrupted--what comes after comes after--yet the progression implied by syntactic arrangement is being disrupted and another kind of sequence followed, at least temporarily.