- 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.
Origin of generative grammar
First recorded in 1955–60
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- 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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