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In linguistics there is a common hierarchy of words:

Hypernym     (e.g. Colours)    
   |
   V
Hyponym     (e.g. Brown, yellow) 

Does such a hierarchy exist within phrases?

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    Yes. They're called hypernyms. Words are just phrases without spaces. ;)
    – curiousdannii
    May 23 '18 at 12:52
  • @curiousdannii I suppose, but doesn't the -nym bit just mean word? May 23 '18 at 12:53
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    Sure, that's its etymology, but etymology doesn't determine usage.
    – curiousdannii
    May 23 '18 at 12:54
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As far as I can tell, a hyperphrase is a convergence of speech, gesture, and gaze, and perhaps other signaling factors. So, my utterance + how I was gesturing at the time + where I was looking and when combine to convey a hyperphrastic message greater than just the words uttered. See https://books.google.co.il/books?id=edAGCAAAQBAJ&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=what+is+a+hyperphrase&source=bl&ots=dv0yrIM3jX&sig=ACfU3U3oH2Yu6_c6MWCUtiqQsOviw1LJsw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjf68D3zpHkAhUzVBUIHWJ3CAQQ6AEwA3oECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=what%20is%20a%20hyperphrase&f=false

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    That may be another use of the word "hyperphrase", but it's not what this question is asking about.
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 20 '19 at 14:23
  • It's not too bad of an input to the question, but it just fails to outline what a hypophrase would be in contrast.
    – vectory
    Aug 20 '19 at 16:18

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