generative grammar

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tive grammar | \ usually ˈje-nə-rə-tiv- How to pronounce generative grammar (audio) \

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Generative grammar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generative%20grammar. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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