complementizer

noun
com·​ple·​men·​ti·​zer | \ ˈkäm-plə-mən-ˌtī-zər How to pronounce complementizer (audio) , -(ˌ)men- \

Definition of complementizer

: a function word or morpheme that combines with a clause or verbal phrase to form a subordinate clause

First Known Use of complementizer

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Complementizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complementizer. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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