a usually synchronic approach to language study in which a language is analyzed as an independent network of formal systems, each of which is composed of elements that are defined in terms of their contrasts with other elements in the system.
a school of linguistics that developed in the U.S. during the 1930s–1950s, characterized by such an approach and by an emphasis on the overt formal features of language, especially of phonology, morphology, and syntax.
(functioning as sing) a descriptive approach to a synchronic or diachronic analysis of language on the basis of its structure as reflected by irreducible units of phonological, morphological, and semantic features
adjective 1. of or relating to structure; pertaining or essential to a structure. 2. Biology. pertaining to organic structure; morphological. 3. Geology. of or relating to geological structure, as of rock or strata. 4. Chemistry. pertaining to or showing the arrangement or mode of attachment of the atoms that constitute a molecule of a substance. […]
noun 1. psychology centering on the analysis of the structure or content of conscious mental states by introspective methods. structural psychology noun 1. (formerly) a school of psychology using introspection to analyse experience into basic units
- Structural recursion
The process of transforming an expression by expressing its structure as a syntax tree and applying a certain transformation rule to each kind of node, starting from the top. Rules for non-leaf nodes will normally return a result which depends on applying the rules recursively to its sub-nodes. Examples include syntax analysis, code generation, abstract […]
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