Definitions

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  • adjective Without grammar.

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  • adjective linguistics, computing theory Without grammar or a grammar.

Etymologies

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grammar +‎ -less

Examples

  • Now, having decrypted the text, the "translator" discovers that there some fragments in here that clearly don't belong, chronologically speaking (one dates to the Renaissance xv-xvi), and that, to make matters even worse, the "highly ambiguous" language consists "in a compressed, grammarless shorthand consisting of sequences of noun/modifier pairs" (xvi), sans "spacing and punctuation" (xvi).

    The Little Professor:

  • Now, having decrypted the text, the "translator" discovers that there some fragments in here that clearly don't belong, chronologically speaking (one dates to the Renaissance xv-xvi), and that, to make matters even worse, the "highly ambiguous" language consists "in a compressed, grammarless shorthand consisting of sequences of noun/modifier pairs" (xvi), sans "spacing and punctuation" (xvi).

    The Lost Books of the Odyssey

  • Although the introduction quickly escalates into parody on that score--the "compressed, grammarless shorthand" can be rendered in any number of completely incompatible ways--the Lost Books keep returning to moments of figurative translation, in which characters change their nature, their shape, or their state of existence.

    The Lost Books of the Odyssey

  • Although the introduction quickly escalates into parody on that score--the "compressed, grammarless shorthand" can be rendered in any number of completely incompatible ways--the Lost Books keep returning to moments of figurative translation, in which characters change their nature, their shape, or their state of existence.

    The Little Professor:

  • But Cyphers go where no one has gone before -- into a grammarless jungle of confused ramblings, English-as-a-fourth-language rants against targets apparently chosen at random.

    N is for News

  • But it would be a pity if readers with no Russian were to be put off Solzhenitsyn's remarkable Prussian Nights by Ms. Muchnic's strictures on my translation — even though she most equitably displays her disqualifications by giving short renderings of her own which are in turn rhythmless, rhymeless, grammarless, and meaningless.

    A Matter of Taste

  • This shows how universal our clumsy grammarless language is becoming.

    Through Finland in Carts

  • The grammarless speech of the men, the black-rimmed nails of Stella's schoolmaster -- a good classical scholar, but heedless as he was good-hearted, -- jarred upon him, indeed, with the discomfort of a new experience.

    Different Girls

  • Every old printer knows, what is often said, that English is a grammarless tongue, and that no grammarian ever wrote a sentence worth reading.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • No wonder Brander Matthews speaks of English as a grammarless tongue.

    Chapter 1. Introductory. 3. The View of Writing Men

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