stratificational grammar


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stratificational grammar

n
(Grammar) linguistics a theory of grammar analysing language in terms of several structural strata or layers with different syntactic rules
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Stratificational Grammar (Makkai 1972) adopts the Hockettian principle of non-compositionality of meaning, also labelling as idioms complex expressions whose aggregate meaning do not equals the sum of the constituent parts (just as kick the bucket meaning 'die' is in no way deducible from the usual senses of kick 'hit with the foot' and bucket 'a vessel of wood etc.