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8.1: Tree Diagrams

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    9678
  • This unit introduces the basic vocabulary for tree diagrams. Tree diagrams are the notation that most syntacticians use to describe how sentences are organized in the mental grammar.
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    In the following tree diagram:

    1. What is the structural relationship between V loves and NP sushi?

    • V and NP are sisters.
    • V is the mother of NP.
    • V is the daughter of NP.
    • V and NP are not related in any of these three ways.

    2. What is the structural relationship between NP Colin and V loves?

    • Deg and V are sisters.
    • Deg is the mother of V.
    • Deg is the daughter of V.
    • NP and V are not related in any of these three ways.

    3. Which node is the sister of NP Colin?

    • TP.
    • T’.
    • T.