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

Definition of generative semantics

: a description of a language emphasizing a semantic deep structure that is logical in form, that provides syntactic structure, and that is related to surface structure by transformations

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Generative semantics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generative%20semantics. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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