Introduction Generative Grammar is defined as a description in the form of a set of rules for producing the grammatical sentence of a language. The idea of a generative grammar was first definitely articulated by Noah Chomsk y in Syntactic Structures (1957). The generative grammar’s task is ideally not just to define the interrelation of elements in a particular language but also to characterize universal grammar- that is the set of rules and principles intrinsic to all natural language – which are thought to be an innate of the human intellect. www.merriam-webster.com Below are additional information that I got from the readings I did with generative and transformation grammar.
The Modals of the Generative Grammar The ff. are the modals of the generative grammar: 1) Finite state grammar are the rule system that strung word together, one by one and acknowledge no layer phrase structure. 2) Phrase structure grammar are build up phrase out of words and put the phrases together into sentences. 3) Transformational grammar seeks to identify rules (transformation) that govern between parts of a sentence on the assumptions that beneath such aspects as word order a fundamental structure exists. … Shinti Sigh
Questions about Generative Grammar 1) What are the difference between traditional grammar and generative grammar? Traditional grammar is based on the descriptive grammar used to teach Latin for centuries. Generative grammar was conceived as a way of describing language structures so that computers might one day communicate using human language. 2) What is the difference bet. traditional grammar and language? Traditional grammar is a framework used to described the structural patterns and rules in language called syntax function. A language is a composite form of vocal articulation and written form using the sets of rules of that vocalization or written structure of communication in any native language. 3) What is the difference bet. traditional grammar and communicative grammar? All grammar is traditional and communicative. Grammar is grammar. It is the way a language works. It changes overtime, as the language evolves. There is a school of thought however that differentiate bet. traditional and modern grammar. While traditional grammar is static and does not change, modern grammar is the amorphous, fluid shifting of the rules of grammar over time. …. Wilkipedia.com
Reflection Linguists are people who study language the way botanists study plants or the way chemists study molecules. Much of the basic structure of the English sentence would be quite familiar even to the amateur linguistic. But like botanists studying a new specimen, teachers (like me) will often find something new or different in an unusual sentence. Because we want to update ourselves with the latest trends in teaching the English language, we will try to study various different examples of it, then draw our own conclusion about “how it works.” The knowledge that I got from the narrative report of Madam Grace about generative grammar and the readings I had because I was absent when she reported it to the class , gave me a chance to learn and know more about some of the more “unusual things” (for me) about the English sentence. Although some critics said that generative grammar are too complicated, “analytic rather than generative” and designed for reasoning across grammar composition, I find the new information as a positive modern approach and useful to my job as a language teacher.