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According to Brinton:
Brinton notes that not all sequences of words function as constituents. It is the context, he says, which determines whether a particular sequence forms a constituent or not. For example, the sequence of words beautiful flowers is a constituent in I received beautiful flowers for my birthday but not in Though they are beautiful, flowers cause me to sneeze. The sequence the house on the hill is a constituent in one reading of the ambiguous sentence I bought the house on the hill, but not in the other; it is a constituent in the sense `I bought the house which is on the hill', but not in the sense `I bought the house while standing on the hill'.
We can represent sentence constituent as an entity type generalising `phrase' and `word':
and show phrases as sequences of words:
this leads us to a single diagram as shown in figure 3.