Butler's syntax sometimes gets in the way of understanding what she's asserting as fact.
From the syntax, it's a separate item, as if the requirement for the loyalty oath is law.
You can study the lines of Roth's face, as if for clues about the syntax of his sentences.
Note: Syntactic languages, such as English, use word order to indicate word relationships. Inflected languages (see inflection), such as Greek and Latin, use word endings and other inflections to indicate relationships.
The structure of valid strings in a given language, as described by a grammar. For example, the syntax of a binary number could be expressed as
binary_number = bit [ binary_number ]
bit = "0" | "1"
meaning that a binary number is a bit optionally followed by a binary number and a bit is a literal zero or one digit.
The meaning of the language is given by its semantics.
See also abstract syntax, concrete syntax.