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generative grammar

noun, Linguistics
a linguistic theory that attempts to describe the tacit knowledge that a native speaker has of a language by establishing a set of explicit, formalized rules that specify or generate all the possible grammatical sentences of a language, while excluding all unacceptable sentences.
a set of such rules.
1955-60 Unabridged
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  • The comparison between generative grammar and traditional grammar is illustrative.
  • Although no particular viewpoint is espoused, a penchant for transformation generative grammar is apparent.
British Dictionary definitions for generative grammar

generative grammar

a description of a language in terms of explicit rules that ideally generate all and only the grammatical sentences of the language Compare transformational grammar
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