generative-grammar

generative grammar

noun Linguistics.
1.
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. Compare transformational grammar.
2.
a set of such rules.

Origin:
1955–60

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

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