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1. A linguistic theory that attempts to describe a native speaker's tacit grammatical knowledge by a system of rules that specify all of the well-formed, or grammatical, sentences of a language while excluding all ungrammatical, or impossible, sentences.
2. A grammar constructed according to this theory.
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(Linguistics) a description of a language in terms of explicit rules that ideally generate all and only the grammatical sentences of the language. Compare transformational grammar
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1. 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 excluding all unacceptable sentences. Compare transformational grammar.
2. a set of such rules.
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|Noun||1.||generative grammar - (linguistics) a type of grammar that describes syntax in terms of a set of logical rules that can generate all and only the infinite number of grammatical sentences in a language and assigns them all the correct structural description|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
syntax - studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences
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