generative grammar


gen·​er·​a·​tive grammar
ˈje-nə-rə-tiv- How to pronounce generative grammar (audio)
: a description in the form of a set of rules for producing the grammatical sentences of a language

Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of generative grammar was in 1959

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“Generative grammar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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