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noun, Linguistics.
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.
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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


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