Scríobh Tim Finney <[log in to unmask]>:
>> If forced to
>> define a meaning unit, I would say in my ignorance that it's a
>> of words that functions as a part of speech; a verb-, adverb-,
>> adjective-, preposition-, conjunction-, or interjection-like group
>> Now to the point.
>> 1. (Off topic.) For the linguists, what is the right term for the
>> meaning unit thingy? A reference to a standard work would be much
>> appreciated. I found this, which might be what I'm after but I don't
Yes, constituent is a good choice. A particular type of constituent
called a phrase might be an even better choice if you're dealing with
multi-word units that act like nouns, adjectives, adverbs and so on.
Those would be called noun phrases, adjectival phrases, adverbial
phrases. Pretty much any introduction to syntax is bound to talk about
phrases a lot.
Be aware, though, that phrases are units of syntax, whereas the units of
meaning you are talking about probably belong more in the realm of
semantics. So there doesn't always have to be a one-to-one
correspondence between your units of meaning and phrases.
Michal Boleslav Mechura
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