Syntactic Theory

Step 6

Draw the Syntactic Structure

In our example sentence:
For the most part, we can use the constituents as identified in the tests. But we must insert the following non-branching nodes:

  • N': history teacher
  • AdvP: tomorrow
  • NP: Pat

In general:

  • The tests for phrasal categories may lead to a double classification for some words or word groups. In this case, there must be guidelines of how to reflect this in the tree structure.
  • Here, we assume that doubly classified words or word groups will give rise to non-branching nodes whose only daughter is the head.
  • Note: This assumption is shared in Government and Binding Theory. In Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar this type of non-branching nodes is often avoided.

Result of Step 6:

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