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Can you help me identify the individual components of this sentence, please?

Asking askers asking askers asking.

I realise the second occurrence of asking is a verb, however, I am unclear on the names of the other parts. I believe that the first occurrence of asking is an adjective and I suppose that the first occurrence of askers is a noun but, given that some of these words are the subject of a verb and some are subjective to the verb (if I have the correct terminology?) I would not be surprised if there are other better ways to describe the sentence parts.

Suggested expansion: The asking askers are asking the askers who are asking.

I suppose that those being asked have earlier asked and are now themselves being asked.

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    There are several ways to parse this phrase, but it doesn't seem to be a complete sentence because it is missing a verb to go with any subject you pick (askers or asking askers). – oerkelens Apr 20 '18 at 8:48
  • @oerkelens Thank you for looking at it. I will add a bit more of my understanding to the question in case it helps solicit better understanding. – Willtech Apr 20 '18 at 8:54
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    I think that, ultimately, it has something to do with buffalo. – Hot Licks Apr 20 '18 at 12:03
  • I wonder if there's an obscure verb sense of "asker". Wiktionary has it as a Danish verb. "askers" would then be the third-person singular conjugation. – Barmar Apr 21 '18 at 18:20
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This doesn't seem to be a complete sentence, as it's missing a verb. It sounds more like a complex noun phrase, with several pronouns elided. It can be interpreted as:

(Asking askers) [who are] asking (askers [who are] asking)

Structurally it's similar to:

Working doctors treating patients suffering

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