generative grammar


generative grammar

noun \usually ˈje-nə-rə-tiv-\

Definition of GENERATIVE GRAMMAR

1
:  a description in the form of a set of rules for producing the grammatical sentences of a language

First Known Use of GENERATIVE GRAMMAR

1959

generative grammar

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Finite set of formal rules that will produce all the grammatical sentences of a language. The idea of a generative grammar was first definitively articulated by Noam Chomsky in Syntactic Structures (1957). The generative grammarian's task is ideally not just to define the interrelation of elements in a particular language, but also to characterize universal grammar—that is, the set of rules and principles intrinsic to all natural languages, which are thought to be an innate endowment of the human intellect. See also grammar, syntax.

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