Definition of complementizer in English:


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


  • A word or morpheme that marks an embedded clause as functioning as a complement, typically a subordinating conjunction or infinitival to.
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    • 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?

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