transformational grammar


: a grammar that generates the deep structures of a language and converts these to the surface structures by means of transformations

Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transformational grammar was in 1961

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“Transformational grammar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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