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

  • n. A minimal linguistic feature, such as the order or stress of words in a compound or phonemes in a word.


Greek taxis, arrangement; see taxis + -eme.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • A unit of syntactic relationship (listed in OED2).

    I don't really know what that means. One of the quotations in OED says, "A taxeme is in grammar what a phoneme is in the lexicon--namely, the smallest unit of form."

    November 5, 2007