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Towards A Maximum Matrix Of Phrases

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This chapter defines the maximum matrix of phrase atoms, summarizes the observations on the ways in which phrase atoms can be extended, and suggests a maximum matrix of phrase structure. It also gives some remarks about the interrelationship of phrase structure and clause structure. The 'maximum matrix' is a tool to describe the internal structure of phrases. Each phrase contains a head (phrase atom). The model of a maximum matrix indicates not only the constituents of a clause, but also its boundaries. Elements that have a position outside the maximum matrix do not belong to the phrase. A number of scholars have used such a model to describe clause structure in Biblical Hebrew. Phrases consist of an obligatory head and optional extensions. Phrase atoms are the smallest groups of words that can constitute a clause constituent.

Keywords: Biblical Hebrew; Maximum Matrix; phrase structure; Phrases

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