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Meaning of autonomous syntax

auton'omous syn'tax

Pronunciation: [key]
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  1. an approach of generative grammar in which the syntactic component of a grammar is viewed as existing or operating independently of the semantic component and abstract syntactic representation is not equivalent to semantic representation.
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