Syntactic Units[edit | edit source]
Syntactic Categories[edit | edit source]
Syntactic categories include word classes (e.g noun, verb, preposition etc.) and phrasal categories (e.g noun phrase, verb phrase etc.) Syntactic rules are often described in terms of syntactic categories, such as the rule; determiners go before adjectives in noun phrases
Clitics[edit | edit source]
Diction[edit | edit source]
Some theories of syntax focus on diction, or the choices a writer or speaker makes when using word order to effectively convey an idea, or point of view. Syntax can help:
Pedagogy[edit | edit source]
Common methods and tools for teaching word order include:
- Drilling activities - Particularly, the asking of students to repeat a sentence, clause or phrase, with attention to it's word order.
- Grammatical formula - Formal representations of syntax for reference
- Unscrambling activities - Activities which involve students putting a scrambled list of words in order, often used for assessment.