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transformational grammar

noun
a system of grammatical analysis, especially a form of generative grammar, that posits the existence of deep structure and surface structure, using a set of transformational rules to derive surface structure forms from deep structure; a grammar that uses transformations to express the relations between equivalent structures.

Origin:
1960–65

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transformational grammar
 
n
systemic grammar Compare case grammar a grammatical description of a language making essential use of transformational rules. Such grammars are usually but not necessarily generative grammars

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