Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of grammatical categories or linguistic units that have both morphological and syntactic properties.
  • n. The set of rules that govern linguistic units whose properties are definable by both morphological and syntactic criteria.

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  • n. Morphology and syntax regarded as an interlinked unit.

Etymologies

morpho(logy) + syntax.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The part of morphology that covers the relationship between syntax and morphology is called morphosyntax, and it concerns itself with inflection and paradigms, but not with word-formation or compounding.

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  • French, having retained more of its Indo-European morphosyntax, makes use of noun gender and verb conjugation.

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  • Finally, about definiteness marking on direct objects Payne tends to call definiteness 'identifiability': Describing morphosyntax, p.

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  • "Finally, I remember reading in Payne's Describing morphosyntax that there's a tendency to mark only objects with a definite article, if definite nouns aren't always overtly marked."

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  • Finally, I remember reading in Payne's Describing morphosyntax that there's a tendency to mark only objects with a definite article, if definite nouns aren't always overtly marked.

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  • While the varied symptomatology of SLI suggests that no unified theory of its etiology might be forthcoming, the cause of the disorder is comparatively well understood in the case of one subtype, involving a severe disruption of morphosyntax (i.e., the rules governing the formation of words from smaller semantic units, or morphemes).

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  • As characterized by Vargha-Khadem's team, the affected KE's speech is effortful, “sometimes agrammatical and often unintelligible” (Watkins et al. 2002: 453), and shows impairments not just in morphosyntax (e.g., regular plural and past tense endings) but also in the formation of irregular past tenses

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  • These results indicate that the KE's problems go beyond morphosyntax, and the fact that affected KE's have significantly lower non-verbal IQs

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  • Like the bit where I got carried away and taught them the term "morphosyntax."

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  • WS language shows “massively delayed” early acquisition, especially of vocabulary (Bellugi et al. 2000: 11) and grammatical morphemes (Caprirci et al. 1996); overregularization of regular plural and past tense endings as well defective competence with regard to irregular nouns and verbs (Clahsen and Almazan 2001); “inordinate difficulty with morphosyntax” (Morris and Mervis 2000: 467; see also Volterra et al. 1996; Karmiloff-Smith et al. 1997;

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