Nicole (everywastedkiss) wrote in linguaphiles,

Syntax help!

So, I'm taking a syntax course this semester and I'm having a slight amount of trouble. I was wondering if anyone can help explain a basic thing about constituents that I am missing and am somewhat embarrassed to ask in class because we've been doing it for a while.

I get the constituency tests, but I don't understand how to tell what is considered a constituent when looking at trees. I just don't quite get how far it can extend over.

Our recent homework assignments have been making arguments for two different syntactic hypotheses.

I feel like there's some essential thing that I'm just not getting and it's probably stupid. :X

Any help with this hugely vague question would be incredibly appreciated! TIA!

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