valency grammar

valency grammar

n
(Linguistics) a system of linguistic syntax, conceived by analogy with chemical valency, according to which verbs have valencies dependent on the number of noun phrases with which they combine. See valency2
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The theoretical background to Tjerkstra's analysis is the version of functional or valency grammar employed in Dik 1978 and 1989, whose basic terminology and assumptions are outlined on pp.
Verbal entries are organized not only along conventional criteria--transitive, intransitive, impersonal--but, notably, according to criteria from valency grammar (dependency grammar).