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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.
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Origin of transformational grammar

First recorded in 1960–65
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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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