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Transformational Grammar: is also called generative transformational grammar or generative grammar. It was originally developed by Noam Chomsky to explain the fact that speakers can form from a finite number of rules an immeasurably large number of sentences. See also universal grammar, language acquisition, grammar, syntax, sentences.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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IV 203
Transformational grammar/Lewis: (here): no phrase structure rules as basis for each component.
IV 204
Instead of assuming that its meaning is given. - Grammar: a way to encode meanings. - I.e. a relation between meanings and expressions is a representation relation that is determined by grammar.
IV 204
Transformation/transformational grammar/Lewis: There are several phrase markers: pn is the surface structure. - p1 represents the expression relative to the lexicon. - p1 is a basic structure (below the deep structure!) - pn-1 and p2 are intermediary structures (these are the deep structure). - Transformation: local restriction of a phrase marker by adjacent phrase markers.
IV 205
Transformation-free grammar: special case of transformational grammar: without limitation, the sequences consist of only a single phrase marker.
IV 213
Deep structure/variables/Lewis: there are no more variables in the deep structure.
IV 217
Transformational grammar/structure tree/Lewis: Simplification: verbal phrase: it is to be converted from the previously inferred category S/N to the current basic category VP. - NP: accordingly becomes S/VP - quantifiers: become (S/VP)/C. - Transitive verbs: become VP/(S/VP). - Lambda Operator: the category that contains the binders becomes VP/S.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

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Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991

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