Constituent (linguistics)

Constituent (linguistics)

In syntactic analysis, a constituent is a word or a group of words that functions as a single unit within a hierarchical structure. The analysis of constituent structure is associated mainly with phrase structure grammars, although dependency grammars also allow sentence structure to be broken down into constituent parts. The constituent structure of sentences is identified using constituency tests. These tests manipulate some portion of a sentence and based on the result, clues are delivered about the immediate constituent structure of the sentence.

Read more about Constituent (linguistics):  Constituency Tests, Constituency Tests and Disambiguation, Competing Theories

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Constituent (linguistics) - Competing Theories
... syntax make different assumptions regarding what is considered a constituent ... grammar (and its derivatives), individual words are constituentsin and of themselves as well as being parts of other constituents whereas in dependency grammar, certain core words in each phrase are ... In both trees, a constituentis understood to be the entire tree or any labelled subtree (a node plus all the nodes dominated by that node) note that words like killed and with, for instance, form subtrees (and are ...