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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Syntagmatic


core definition

Syntagmatic relationships in linguistics refers to those relationships between elements that might combine in a sequence.


explanatory context

Syntagmatic refers the relationship between two or more linguistic units used one after the other to make well-formed structures


The term is used in semiological analysis.

 

Syntagmatic relationships are contrasted with paradigmatic relationships.


analytical review

Chandler (2011) states:

Structuralists study texts as syntagmatic structures. The syntagmatic analysis of a text (whether it is verbal or non-verbal) involves studying its structure and the relationships between its parts. Structuralist semioticians seek to identify elementary constituent segments within the text - its syntagms. The study of syntagmatic relations reveals the conventions or 'rules of combination' underlying the production and interpretation of texts (such as the grammar of a language). The use of one syntagmatic structure rather than another within a text influences meaning.


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

linguistics

paradigmatic

semiology

Researching the Real World Section 5


Sources

Chandler, D., 2011, Semiotics for Beginners: Syntagmatic analysis, last updated 10 November 2011, available at http://users.aber.ac.uk/dgc/Documents/S4B/sem04.html , accessed 21 January 2013, page not available 29 December 2016.


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