phrase-structure grammar


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phrase-structure grammar

n
(Linguistics) a grammar in which relations among the words and morphemes of a sentence are described, but not deeper or semantic relations. Abbreviation: PSG Compare transformational grammar
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Finally, Price speaks of the accents as describable via a simple phrase-structure grammar (pp.
In such a phrase-structure grammar," anywhere you have a grammatical sentence with one phrase of a certain type," says Peters, "you can just substitute for it any other phrase of the same type, and the result will be a grammatical sentence.
Known as a "context-free phrase-structure grammar," it consists of a finite list of phrase types and a finite set of rules for piecing together sentences.
Chomsky's theory "overcame some apparent shortcomings of phrase-structure grammar," says Peters, "but it opened the door to too much potential variation in languages.