Ic Analysis

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Ic Analysis

By | September 2010
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Introduction

In linguistics, Immediate constituent analysis or IC Analysis is a method of analyzing a sentence. This was first explicitly introduced by American linguist Leonard Bloomfield in his book Language in 1933.

What is IC Analysis?

Sentence is the largest constituent. And this sentence formation (in other words, largest constituent formation) can be attributed to smaller constituents (which are phrases, words& morphemes), i.e., Morphemes combine to form words. Words combine to form Phrases which in turn combine to form Sentence. Thus, they become the smaller constituents of the larger constituent, sentence. Diagrammatically, representing this formation:

Morphemes ( Words ( Phrases ( Sentence

|( Denotes combine to form |

A sentence is divided up into major divisions or “immediate constituents”, and these constituents are in turn divided into further immediate constituents, and this process continues until irreducible constituents are reached, i.e., until each constituent consists of only a word or meaningful part of a word. This is called IC analysis. The end result of IC analysis is often presented in a visual diagrammatic form that reveals the hierarchical immediate constituent structure of a sentence.

Steps involved in IC Analysis

The following procedure is used in analyzing a sentence

i) Sentences are divided into their principal parts, called immediate constituents.

ii) Each of these parts are then divided and subdivided until the ultimate constituents of the sentence are reached.

iii) Some times until morphemes are reached.

iv) A binary division is applied and a tree diagram or bracketing is used.

Example (i)

Poor David read three books this semester.

Sentence

LAYER III Poor David read three books this semester...