syntagmatic axis

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(structuralist semiotics) An analytical dimension spatialized as a horizontal plane representing a combination of related signifiers within a text. This is typically thought of as a sequence (in a menu, the syntagmatic axis might be starter–main course–dessert), but it can also refer to co-present signifiers (such as ‘meat and two veg’). See also syntagm; compare paradigmatic axis.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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