phrase-structure rule


noun Linguistics.

a rule that generates a sentence or other syntactic construction from words and phrases and identifies its constituent structure.

Nearby words

  1. phrase book,
  2. phrase marker,
  3. phrase structure,
  4. phrase structure tree,
  5. phrase-structure grammar,
  6. phrasemaker,
  7. phrasemonger,
  8. phraseogram,
  9. phraseograph,
  10. phraseological

Compare rewrite rule.

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British Dictionary definitions for phrase-structure rule

phrase-structure rule

noun

generative grammar a rule of the form A → X where A is a syntactic category label, such as noun phrase or sentence, and X is a sequence of such labels and/or morphemes, expressing the fact that A can be replaced by X in generating the constituent structure of a sentenceAlso called: rewrite rule Compare transformational rule
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