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immediate constituent

n.
A meaningful constituent, such as a word, that enters directly into the formation of a linguistic construction, such as a phrase.
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immediate constituent

n
(Linguistics) a constituent of a linguistic construction at the first step in an analysis; for example, the immediate constituents of a sentence are the subject and the predicate
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imme′diate constit′uent


n.
one of the usu. two largest constituents of a linguistic construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner. Compare ultimate constituent.
[1930–35]
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Noun1.immediate constituent - a constituent of a sentence at the first step in an analysis: e.g., subject and predicate
grammatical constituent, constituent - (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
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Kogi state students have never had it this good, we owe all gratitude to Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who has made the students his immediate constituent and students welfare his utmost priority'.
His dissertation, "A Synopsis of English Syntax," presented the first full-scale analysis of any major language using a theory known as Immediate Constituent Analysis.
Bloomfield, for example, is mentioned a few times, but nothing at all is said about his system of grammar, which revolves around the notion of immediate constituent analysis.

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