noun[mass noun] Linguistics
A type of grammar which describes a language in terms of transformations applied to an underlying logical deep structure in order to generate the surface structure of sentences which can actually occur. See also generative grammar.
- Chomsky originated such concepts as transformational-generative grammar, transformational grammar, and generative grammar.
- The measure of ‘idea density’ is footnoted to a 1973 paper influenced by early transformational grammar: Kintsch, W. & J. Keenan.
- In this paper we cast the long-standing debate in transformational grammar over movement derivations vs. well-formedness conditions on chains in a new light.
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