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Functional Syntax
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Functional syntax is a manifestation of the idea of describing a language according to the principle of “from meaning to form.” In concrete terms, it means that a syntax book consists of chapters dedicated to different semantic categories. The aim of the description is to reveal which linguistic tools can be utilized in expressing them in a certain language. The main parts of the syntax are actants, predicates, modificators (speech functions, stages, causation, and authorization), specificators…

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Mustajoki, Arto, “Functional Syntax”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032449>
First published online: 2020

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