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8.5: X-bar Phrase Structure

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    X-bar theory makes the simple proposal that every phrase in every sentence in every language is organized the same way. Every phrase has a head, and each phrase might contain other phrases in the complement or specifier position.
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    Check Yourself

    1. In this tree diagram, what position does the DP my coffee occupy?

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    • Head.
    • Specifier.
    • Complement.

    2. In this tree diagram, what position does the D my occupy?

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    • Head.
    • Specifier.
    • Complement.

    3. In this tree diagram, what position does the NP Hamilton occupy?

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    • Head.
    • Specifier.
    • Complement.
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