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  • n  a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
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  • Language of love: Matching conjunctions, pronouns could spell a match better than good looks and fast cars
    People who use the same kinds of function words are more likely to find a match, a researcher suggests. After analyzing speed dating results, researchers discovered a positive correlation of function-word similarity with speed-daters’ odds of going on a second date and long-term couples’ odds of still being together three months after the study. Language similarity became an even better ...
    Feb. 26, 2014 - Science Daily

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