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phrase structure

noun, Linguistics.
1.
the hierarchical arrangement of the constituent words and phrases of a sentence.
Also called constituent structure.
Origin of phrase structure
1955-1960
First recorded in 1955-60
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  • These two principles, simplicity and continuity, apply concretely to sentence and phrase structure as well.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell

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