Definition of function word in English:
A word whose purpose is more to signal grammatical relationship than the lexical meaning of a sentence, e.g., do in do you live here?
- Each strong position in the previous line is occupied by the stressed syllable of a content word; each weak position is occupied by a prosodically-weak function word, or by the unstressed syllable of a polysyllabic word.
- Granted, sometimes the repeated function word could be helpful, as in Hacker's example from page 91.
- This option is especially likely to present itself in cases where the function word undergoes phonological reduction, or ‘coalesces’ with its host.
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