transformational grammar

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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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