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What is an ultimate constituent?



An ultimate constituent is one of the grammatically irreducible units that constitutes a construction.

Examples (English)
  • In the construction the dog that killed the cat, the following are ultimate constituents:

    • the
    • dog
    • that
    • kill
    • -ed
    • the
    • cat
  • Generic
      An ultimate constituent is a kind of

    Crystal 1985 68


    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 38


    Mish 1991 281

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