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SYNTAX: The way words are arranged in a sentence.
Jackie Randallon 3 September 2013
Transcript of SYNTAX: The way words are arranged in a sentence.
And then of course there is Yoda...
The way words are arranged in a sentence.
Important Elements to Consider
Determine the Sentence type.
Create an assertion: What effect does the sentence type have on the piece or the audience?
How does the author punctuate the sentence, and to what extent does the punctuation affect the meaning?
The way/order the author arranges words and ideas in the sentence.
=1-2 words, abrupt
= shorter than 5 words
=approx. 5-10 words
=approx. 15-20 words
=approx. 30 + words
"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."
Linguist Noam Chomsky created this sentence--which is grammatically correct but incomprehensible--to demonstrate that the rules governing syntax are distinct from the meanings words convey.
—statements— She baked a cake.
—questions - Who ate the cake?
—commands/requests—Get me a cake.
—one subject, one predicate—The chocolate cake is delicious.
—two or more independent clauses joined together—The chocolate cake is delicious, so I had a piece.
—one independent clause and one dependent clause—If I had the chance, I would eat cake every day.
—two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent clause—When it is my birthday, I will have cake, but I
think I'll just have it on special occasions.
I like cooking, my family, and my pets.
I like cooking my family and my pets.
Create two sentences. Use the same words and the same word order but change the punctuation. What effect does it have on the meaning of the sentence?
(main point is at the beginning)—We reached London that morning after a turbulent flight and some exciting experiences.
(main idea is at the end of the sentence)—That morning, after a turbulent flight and some exciting experiences, we reached London.
—similarity of structure in phrases, clauses, or sentences. We went to the British Museum, to Hyde Park, and to the Globe.
—contrasting ideas in balanced structure—“We must learn to live together as brothers or parish as fools.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
(subject before main verb)—Oranges grow in California.
(verb before subject)—In California grow oranges.
(subordinate phrase or clause comes in the middle of the main clause)—These had been her teachers, stern and wild ones, and they had made her strong.
Why did the author choose this order? What effect does it have?
Object - Verb - Subject
How can sentence length effect a piece?