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transforma'tional gram'mar

a system of grammatical analysis, esp. 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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

transformational-generative grammartransformationalist


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