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transformational grammar

n.
A grammar that accounts for the constructions of a language by linguistic transformations and phrase structures, especially a generative grammar.

transformational grammar

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

transforma′tional gram′mar


n.
a system of grammatical analysis, esp. a form of generative grammar, that posits the existence of deep structure and surface structure and uses a set of transformational rules to derive surface structure forms from deep structure.
[1960–65]

transformational grammar

Grammar that studies ways in which grammatical elements are rearranged to change meaning.
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The minimalist program offers a whole agenda for determining "how the gross features of FL (language faculty) result from the combination of general cognitive operations and principles, plus a very small number of innovations (preferably one) specific to LF (Hornstein 2009: 106).
The Netherlands) presents an extensive investigation of object shift in the Germanic languages within a derivation-and-evaluation framework developed by the author, in which the strengths of minimalist program and optimality theory are combined.
Linguists throughout the world are currently working within Chomsky's Principles and Parameters Theory and its Minimalist Program.
The Minimalist Program introduced a new concept of language and added new content to the innateness position concerning our linguistic capacity.
In conclusion, Tajsner's "Rejoinder" reveals again all the deficiencies of the minimalist program, rejection of semantics and pragmatics, and disrespect for language data, and his questionable attitude towards earlier research has in no way been explained.
Among the topics are methodological foundations, the cognitive turn, the review of Skinner, developments in syntax, and the minimalist program.
Divided into sections on theoretical and empirical approaches, they discuss such topics as the inferential present perfect in mainland Scandinavian, structures for compounds within the minimalist program, a Danish learner's acquisition of British English vowels, and Anglicisms in Chilean and Norwegian adolescent language.
Only this would ensure the success of the perceptual investigation of space, which was so important for the Minimalist program.
Inspired by the minimalist program initiated by Chomsky, in which researchers attempt to make sense of the inborn ability to produce and understand oral and written language (also known as "universal grammar"), Boeckx (linguistics, Harvard U.
Revised and updated throughout to incorporate developments since the 1996 second edition, the third edition includes new data on first and second language acquisition and the syntax of the developing Minimalist Program, such as Phase Theory.
Linguists have recently argued that despite its apparent complexity, human language can be reduced to a small inventory of core cognitive competencies, Noam Chomsky's Minimalist Program being the most radical example.
For use in graduate seminars on the Minimalist Program and as a reference for syntacticians.