pied-piping

noun

transformational grammar the principle that a noun phrase may take with it the rest of a prepositional phrase or a larger noun phrase in which it is contained, when moved in a transformation. For example, when the interrogative pronoun is moved to initial position, other words are moved too, as in to whom did you speak?

Nearby words

  1. pied shag,
  2. pied wagtail,
  3. pied-billed grebe,
  4. pied-de-biche,
  5. pied-de-biche spoon,
  6. pied-à-terre,
  7. piedfort,
  8. piedmont,
  9. piedmontese,
  10. piedmontite

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