generative semantics


gen·​er·​a·​tive semantics
ˈje-nə-rə-tiv- How to pronounce generative semantics (audio)
plural in form but usually singular in construction
: 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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