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What is a matrix sentence?



A matrix sentence is a sentence in which a clause has been embedded as a constituent.


The clause may or may not be an immediate constituent, but it must be embedded by means other than coordination.

Example (English)
  • In the following sentences, the dog died is the matrix sentence:

    • After eating the raw fish, the dog died.
    • The dog that ate the raw fish died.
  • Generic
      A matrix sentence is a kind of

    Crystal 1980 222


    Lyons 1968 266

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