# 8.4: Tree Diagrams

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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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## Check Yourself

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.

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