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.
a set of such rules.
a description of a language in terms of explicit rules that ideally generate all and only the grammatical sentences of the language Compare transformational grammar
[jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. capable of producing or creating. 2. pertaining to the production of offspring. 3. Linguistics. /ˈdʒɛnərətɪv/ adjective 1. of or relating to the production of offspring, parts, etc: a generative cell 2. capable of producing or originating adj. early 15c., from generate + -ive. Use in […]
noun, Linguistics. 1. a theory of phonology that uses a set of rules to derive phonetic representations from abstract underlying forms.
- Generative-transformational grammar
[jen-er-uh-tiv trans-fer-mey-shuh-nl, -uh-rey-tiv-] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv ˌtræns fərˈmeɪ ʃə nl, -əˌreɪ tɪv-/ noun, Linguistics. 1. .
noun, (used with a singular verb) Linguistics. 1. a theory of generative grammar holding that the deep structure of a sentence is equivalent to its semantic representation, from which the surface structure can then be derived using only one set of rules that relate underlying meaning and surface form rather than separate sets of semantic […]