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A minimal linguistic feature, such as the order or stress of words in a compound or phonemes in a word.
[Greek taxis, arrangement; see taxis + -eme.]
(Linguistics) linguistics any element of speech that may differentiate one utterance from another with a different meaning, such as the occurrence of a particular phoneme, the presence of a certain intonation, or a distinctive word order
[C20: from Greek taxis order, arrangement + -eme]
a feature of the arrangement of linguistic elements in a construction, as word order, phonetic modification, or modulation.