Of or denoting the relationship between two or more linguistic units used sequentially to make well-formed structures. Contrasted with paradigmatic.
- In this and the next chapter I turn to ‘horizontal’ relations between units, that is to say, the syntagmatic combination of simpler units into larger, internally more complex units.
- The semiology of the cinema will be the discipline that applies linguistic model, especially syntagmatic ones, to images as constituting one of their principle ‘codes’.
- Chinese poetic discourse favors syntagmatic relations between its constituent elements.
- Example sentences
- The operative semantic is copulative, a linking (purely syntagmatically) of isolated units still preserving their molecular independency.
- For instance, cut and knife are syntagmatically similar since they typically co-occur within the same context.
- Both stress accent and pitch accent are syntagmatically contrastive, while lexical tone is contrastive in a paradigmatic way.
syntagmatics plural noun
- [treated as singular]Example sentences
- His method of analysis is known as syntagmatics as opposed to Levi Strauss's paradigmatic.
- Functional syntagmatics is not equivalent to the traditional Arabic grammar, nor to the science of rhetoric.
- The syntagmatics of this advert represent the product as one of the leading brands in oral health care, using interesting methods to sell this product.
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