generative grammar


noun Linguistics.

a linguistic theory that attempts to describe the tacit knowledge that a native speaker has of a language by establishing a set of explicit, formalized rules that specify or generate all the possible grammatical sentences of a language, while excluding all unacceptable sentences.Compare transformational grammar.
a set of such rules.

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Origin of generative grammar

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for generative grammar

generative grammar

noun

a description of a language in terms of explicit rules that ideally generate all and only the grammatical sentences of the languageCompare transformational grammar
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