transformational grammar


noun

a system of grammatical analysis, especially a form of generative grammar, that posits the existence of deep structure and surface structure, using a set of transformational rules to derive surface structure forms from deep structure; a grammar that uses transformations to express the relations between equivalent structures.

Nearby words

  1. transform fault,
  2. transformation,
  3. transformation point,
  4. transformation range,
  5. transformational,
  6. transformational rule,
  7. transformational-generative grammar,
  8. transformationalist,
  9. transformationist,
  10. transformer

Origin of transformational grammar

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for transformational grammar

transformational grammar

noun

a grammatical description of a language making essential use of transformational rules. Such grammars are usually but not necessarily generative grammarsCompare systemic grammar, case grammar
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