Theory which holds that language should be analysed in terms of formal processes of sentence generation. The grammar consists of a system of rules which operates upon a set of grammatical elements and defines a subset of possible combinations as grammatically well-formed. Usually, but not necessarily, the rules govern the transformations that may be made in syntactic structures.
a formal grammar that can in some sense "generate" the well-formed expressions of a natural language
a formal grammar that can within a select few feel "generate" the easily-grammatical expressions of a natural language
a formalised Grammar that is sufficiently explicit
a set of rules that determines the form and meaning of words and sentences in a particular language as it is spoken in some community
a system of explicit rules which may apply recursively to generate an indefinite
In linguistics, generative grammar generally refers to a proof-theoretic framework for the study of syntax partially inspired by formal grammar theory and pioneered by Noam Chomsky. A generative grammar is a set of rules that recursively "specify" or "generate" the well-formed expressions of a natural language. This encompasses a large set of different approaches to grammar.