Generative-Transformational Grammar

  • William R. Elkins


This chapter will present an introduction to generative-transformational grammar which will illuminate the development of Noam Chomsky’s theories from the publication of his book Syntactic Structures in 1957 to the publication of his enlarged edition of Language and Mind in 1972. Naturally, the treatment here will be selective, but it will introduce those major concepts that have influenced Chomsky’s interpreters in writing English Gt grammars


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© Macmillan Publishers Limited 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Elkins
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  1. 1.Kansas State Teachers CollegeUSA

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