Linguistic Conjunction

A Linguistic Conjunction is a Syntactic Structure that joins/conjoins two or more Linguistic Components(Phrases?) and has some semantic implication.



  • (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒
    • In grammar, a 'conjunction' is a part of speech that connects two words, phrases or clauses together. This definition may overlap with that of other parts of speech, so what constitutes a "conjunction" should be defined for each language. In general, a conjunction is an invariable grammatical particle, and it may or may not stand between the items it conjoins.
    • The definition can also be extended to idiomatic phrases that behave as a unit with the same function as a single-word conjunction (as well as, provided that, etc.).
    • Types of conjunctions
      • Coordinating conjunctions, also called coordinators, are conjunctions that join two items of equal syntactic importance. Coordinating conjunctions include for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. The mnemonic acronym FANBOYS may be used to remember these, with each letter being the initial letter of a conjunction.
        • Authorities do not all agree on the status of sentences that start with coordinating conjunctions. Many consider these to be grammatically incorrect. Others consider it an issue of style.
      • Correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions that work together to coordinate two items. English examples include both … and, (n)either … (n)or, and not (only) … but (also)....
      • Subordinating conjunctions, also called subordinators, are conjunctions that introduce a dependent clause. English examples include after, although, if, unless, so that,therefore and because. Complementizers can be considered to be special subordinating conjunctions that introduce complement clauses (e.g., "I wonder whether he'll be late. I hope that he'll be on time"). Some subordinating conjunctions (although, before, until, while), when used to introduce a phrase instead of a full clause, become prepositions with identical meanings.