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As a part of semiotics, syntax theory concerns itself with the relation between signs. The term syntax [Greek suntassein, to arrange in order] designates the set of all formal rules valid for a language or system of signs. The syntax of a language or sign system determines how particular signs may be linked together and how the relation between the signs of the system may be defined. Thus, it determines the structure of the sign system.

Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)