Syntactic Theory

Basic Units of Syntactic Analysis: Words and Sentences

Syntax is concerned with the combination of words into sentences. Consequently, the word is the smallest unit of syntactic analysis, and the sentence is the largest. While we have intuitive ideas about these two notions, it is difficult, if not impossible, to give a precise, theory-independent definition.

The following exercises will help you sharpen your ideas about words and sentences and identify problematic cases.

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