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finite state grammar

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Definition of finite state grammar in English:

noun

[mass noun] Linguistics
A deliberately oversimplified form of generative grammar, which generates sentences by working through word by word in a strictly linear fashion. It was used by Chomsky to illustrate the need for more complex features, such as transformations, to account adequately for real language.
Example sentences
  • The ‘finite state grammar’ language contains the two sentences and the ‘phrase structure grammar’ language contains the two sentences
  • Thirty undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales were exposed to letter strings generated from a finite state grammar and then rated strings in liking and recognition tests.
  • Participants are exposed to a series of consonant strings generated by a finite state grammar.

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