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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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The third parameter falls into two sub-scales: exponence and synthesis, the former refers to the level of the morpheme (cumulative versus separative), the latter to the level of the grammatical word, measured by counting the number of categories that can be marked on a particular class of words (see also Bickel & Nichols 2013a).
Dr Dye said: "Many of the toddlers we studied made a small sound, a soft breath, or a pause, at exactly the place that a grammatical word would normally be uttered."
The first aspect concerns the fact that sensitivity to the morphology may help the individual to separate a grammatical word from the closest lexical word.
Researchers working on other major languages have rich linguistic traditions to draw upon, and while there is an extensive literature on the Malay language, there is little systematic information for the researcher beyond a few ill-defined labels for grammatical word classes (e.g.
Most linguists now recognize the existence of both the grammatical word and the phonological word (or prosodic word).
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As discussed in (3), the most prominent word in the intonation unit tends to be the one farther to the right, whether it is a content or a grammatical word, as seen in examples (3.8) and (3.11) above.
Without any grammatical word or sentence distortions, Kalnins is able to endow the text with a tang of quondam, not to make it sound outdated but to add the piquancy of "oldness" one expects when reading a legend.
Dixon and Aikhenvald (2003) offer a number of (types of) criteria for the grammatical word:
As discussed in section 2, the most prominent word in the intonation unit tends to be the one farther to the right, whether it is a content of a grammatical word, as seen in the examples (2.12) and (2.17) above.
Though the phenomenon is incipient and in two sample texts occurs in only around 4% of verbs, there are clear possibilities for interrupting the grammatical word by pause after the pronominal prefix and some associated material at the left edge, though these within-word pauses are significantly shorter, on average, than those between words.