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complementizer

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

Definition of complementizer in English:

noun

Grammar
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?

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