phrase-structure rule

phrase-structure rule

noun Linguistics.
a rule that generates a sentence or other syntactic construction from words and phrases and identifies its constituent structure.
Compare rewrite rule.
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phrase-structure rule
 
n
generative grammar Compare transformational rule Also called: rewrite rule a rule of the form A → X where A is a syntactic category label, such as noun phrase or sentence, and X is a sequence of such labels and/or morphemes, expressing the fact that A can be replaced by X in generating the constituent structure of a sentence

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