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rank scale

noun, Linguistics
(in systemic linguistics) a hierarchical ordering of grammatical units such that a unit of a given rank normally consists of units of the next lower rank, as, in English, the ordering sentence, clause, group or phrase, word, morpheme. Unabridged
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  • Its applicability appears to extend across the rank scale.

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