Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Mhd shaher's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Syria
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 154
    #1

    Syntax & Symantic?

    Hi..
    Can you give me an example of the difference between these two words?
    I mean I want a real example not just a difinition..


    Thank you..

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,216
    #2

    Re: Syntax & Symantic?

    In a famous example, Colorless green ideas sleep furiously, you are okay from the point of syntax. The words are in the right order, adjectives describe nouns, adverbs describe how verb were done, etc.

    However, it has no meaning. Semantically, it's meaningless.

    On the other hand, "you me show pictures?" is a mess syntactically, but I know you want me to show you the pictures I'm holding - its meaning is clear.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 01-Sep-2010 at 00:11.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 670
    #3

    Re: Syntax & Symantic?

    Syntax simply means word order.
    Semantic (adjective) means of or relating to the meaning in language.

    Take for example:

    'fire engiine': Word order fire then engine. A vehicle used by the fire brigade.
    'engine fire' Word order engine then fire: a fire in the engine.

    A change in the syntax can radically alter the semantic import.

    BarbD: I have a very interesting paper from John Payne et al. It will change your opinion on adverbs. If you want it, just let me know.

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,216
    #4

    Re: Syntax & Symantic?

    I wasn't even aware I had an opinion on adverbs!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 670
    #5

    Re: Syntax & Symantic?

    o tone BarbD

    'adverbs describe how verb were done, etc.'

Similar Threads

  1. syntax
    By JULIAMAY2 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2010, 17:38
  2. Syntax
    By LibraTanja in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Feb-2009, 19:55
  3. Syntax
    By Pally in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Oct-2007, 19:48
  4. syntax
    By taylorkl in forum Linguistics
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 10-Apr-2007, 15:07

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •