Definition of system-structure in English:

system-structure

adjective

Linguistics
  • Designating a theoretical approach to grammar developed by the British linguist J. R. Firth in the 1950s in which representations of paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations are regarded as complementary and of equal importance.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Peter Strevens (1922–1989), linguistic scholar and applied linguist.