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Definition Sentence/Bloomfield: independent linguistic form that is not contained in a larger linguistic form by a grammatical construction.
For example "How are you? It's a fine day. Are you going to play tennis this afternoon?" These are three sentences. The context does not provide a connection.
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There is no larger grammatical frame that unites them into one form. Therefore, the sentence is the "largest unit of grammatical description". Distributive restrictions can be determined between the elements of the sentence, but the sentence itself cannot be assigned to any distribution class. ((s) A sentence can be in practically any context).
Distribution: this term is therefore not applicable to sentences. The three sentences from the example are to be regarded as separate, because there is no limitation as to what could or should be before or after one of the three sentences. _____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Language New York 1945
Einführung in die moderne Linguistik München 1995
Semantics Cambridge, MA 1977