taxeme

taxeme

[tak-seem]
noun Linguistics.
a feature of the arrangement of elements in a construction, as selection, order, phonetic modification, or modulation.

Origin:
1930–35; tax- + -eme

taxemic, adjective
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taxeme (ˈtæksiːm)
 
n
linguistics any element of speech that may differentiate one utterance from another with a different meaning, such as the occurrence of a particular phoneme, the presence of a certain intonation, or a distinctive word order
 
[C20: from Greek taxis order, arrangement + -eme]
 
tax'emic
 
adj

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