embedding
Definition - Putting one phrase within another of the same type or of a lower level, e.g. putting noun phrases within noun phrases, sentences within sentences, etc.

Example -

(1) John has a mother. She has a house. Her house is white. (non-embedded)

(2) John's mother's house is white. (embedded)

Example Usages -

1. "Piraha is the only language known without number, numerals, or a concept of counting. It also lacks terms for quantification such as “all,” “each,” “every,” “most,” and “some.” It is the only language known without color terms. It is the only language known without embedding (putting one phrase inside another of the same type or lower level, e.g. noun phrases in noun phrases, sentences in sentences, etc.)."
(Source: Cultural Constraints on Grammar and Cognition in Pirahã: Another Look at the Design Features of Human Language. Everett, Daniel L. Current Anthropology, Vol 46(4), Aug-Oct 2005, pg. 622. )



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