kernel sentence

noun

: a sentence (such as "John is big" or "John has a book") exemplifying in a language one of a very small group of the grammatically simplest sentence types or patterns (such as noun phrase + be + adjective phrase or noun phrase + verb + noun phrase) which in transformational grammar are the basic stock from which all sentences in that language are derived and in terms of which they can all ultimately be described

Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kernel sentence was in 1957

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“Kernel sentence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kernel%20sentence. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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