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(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.
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Do not use your rank to degrade others, nor use your cleverness to deceive others.
The best by far is to marry in one's own rank.
Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.