23 blue butterflies (bblue23) wrote in linguaphiles,
23 blue butterflies

Syntax vs. Grammar

I am curious why the word "syntax" seems to be preferred over "grammar" when discussing linguistics or "language" in general. I am taking a Language Development class now and the professor and the textbook are constantly talking about syntax. While I have encountered this term before on occasion, in other subjects such as English and foreign languages it seems that the word "grammar" is used instead to represent a similar concept. I am curious what you linguaphiles perceive to be the differences between "syntax" and "grammar". Would it sound childish or uneducated to use the word "grammar" in a Language Development or Linguistics class? If so, why? I am an American English speaker, so please also let me know if "grammar" has other meanings or connotations in other countries.

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