generative grammar
noun Date: 1959 1. a description in the form of a set of rules for producing the grammatical sentences of a language 2. transformational grammar

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  • generative grammar — gen′erative gram′mar n. 1) ling. a linguistic theory that attempts to describe the tacit knowledge a native speaker has of a language by establishing a set of formal rules that generate all the possible grammatical sentences of a language, while… …   From formal English to slang

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