- n. grammar A phrase, or, equivalently, a node in a syntax tree, which consists either of: (1) an adjunct and another X-bar phrase, (2) a head, X, and an optional complement, or (3) a conjunction sandwiched between two other X-bars. The X is a "pro-letter" which can be substituted by letters such as N for noun, V for verb, P for preposition, I for inflectional, etc.
- Pronunciation of its text representation: a letter X with overbar. (Wiktionary)
“So, why does the teaching of TG grammar (including X-bar theory) persist in the US academic context?”
“I can get my head around basic Phrase-structure grammar, even X-bar theory, and just about understand what Theta-theory is on about.”
“(By the way, reading this book I realise I have misdated X-bar Theory – it goes back to 1970)”
“Classic Shewhart like X-bar and R charts assume normality but use +/- 3s for the upper and lower control limits.”
“The croc roared angrily but its jaws were caught against the X-bar, unable to get past.”
“An instant later, a burst of water gushed out of the wall hole, immediately followed by the jaws of a massive crocodile that slammed at tremendous speedinto the X-bar!”
“West, since he had no gun to shoot it with, just jammed an X-bar into its wide-open mouth.”
“The snake froze in confusion, its mouth held bizarrely open, hyperextended, with no way of dislodging the X-bar in it.”
“Then he used his X-bar like a crowbar to lever off the Nazi plate covering the second wall hole.”
“All of those alphas, thetas, and X-bar thingies seem pretty silly when you think language is really simple.”
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