What is syntax?

from: Working Memory, Language and Reading:

Syntax refers to the order of words in sentences that contributes to meaning. The difference between the following sentences, “The dog bit the boy”, and “The boy bit the dog” is due to the order of the words, or the syntax, in each.

– Maxine L. Young


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From Linguistics (1.5) at Quizlet:

The system of rules and categories that underlines sentence formation in human language.

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