Definition of immediate constituent in English:

immediate constituent

Pronunciation /iˈmēdēət kənˈstiCHo͝oənt/ /ɪˈmidiət kənˈstɪtʃʊənt/


  • Each of the constituents of a syntactic unit at the next level down in the hierarchy.

    • ‘That is, the inverted motion construction has two immediate constituents, a setup consisting of a motional adverbial followed by a motion verb, and a phrase serving as the payoff.’