Share this entry

complementizer Line breaks: com|ple¦ment|izer
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmplɪməntʌɪzə/
(also complementiser)

Definition of complementizer in English:


A word or morpheme that marks an embedded clause as functioning as a complement, typically a subordinating conjunction or infinitival to.
Example sentences
  • The subordinator that introduces a complement clause is sometimes known as a complementizer: for example that in the sentence just cited.
  • In many logophoric languages, a complementizer of this kind does seem to play an important role in logophoric marking.
  • Why do I think these apparently extra complementizers are a mistake, rather than a non-standard grammatical pattern?

Definition of complementizer in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources