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In linguistics , transformational syntax is a derivational approach to syntax that developed from the extended standard theory of generative grammar originally proposed by Noam Chomsky in his books Syntactic Structures and Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Particularly in early incarnations, transformational syntax adopted the view that phrase structure grammar must be enriched by a transformational grammar, with syntactic rules or syntactic operations that alter the base structures created by phrase structure rules. In more recent theories, including Government and Binding Theory but especially in Minimalism , the strong distinction between phrase structure and transformational components has largely been abandoned, with operations that build structure phrase structure rules and those that change structure transformational rules either interleaved, or unified under a single operation as in the Minimalist operation Merge. According to the Chomskyan tradition, language acquisition is easy for children because they are born with a universal grammar in their minds.

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In linguistics , transformational syntax is a derivational approach to syntax that developed from the extended standard theory of generative grammar originally proposed by Noam Chomsky in his books Syntactic Structures and Aspects of the Theory of Syntax.

Particularly in early incarnations, transformational syntax adopted the view that phrase structure grammar must be enriched by a transformational grammar, with syntactic rules or syntactic operations that alter the base structures created by phrase structure rules.

In more recent theories, including Government and Binding Theory but especially in Minimalism , the strong distinction between phrase structure and transformational components has largely been abandoned, with operations that build structure phrase structure rules and those that change structure transformational rules either interleaved, or unified under a single operation as in the Minimalist operation Merge.

According to the Chomskyan tradition, language acquisition is easy for children because they are born with a universal grammar in their minds. The tradition also distinguishes between linguistic competence , what a person knows of a language, and linguistic performance , how a person uses it.

Finally, grammars and metagrammars are ranked by three levels of adequacy : observational, descriptive, and explanatory. A core aspect of the original Standard Theory is a distinction between two different representations of a sentence, called deep structure and surface structure.

The two representations are linked to each other by a set of transformation rules, the totality of these rules is what constitute grammar, and what a grammatical description of a language should present. Under this theory, a speaker must have access to both structures to interpret an expression. Under this model, syntax was placed in the center of linguistic research and sought to go beyond description.

Scholars explored the formalism of syntax and psychology of grammar under this model. This led to more systematic research on linguistic data such as native speaker judgments and distinctions in grammaticality. Many notable linguists have written on the topic, including Andrew Radford , [2] Rodney Huddleston , [3] and Roger Fowler. Non-transformational syntax describes competing models.

The main non-transformational syntactic frameworks include head-driven phrase structure grammar , lexical-functional grammar , categorial grammar , and simpler syntax.

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Transformational Syntax by Andrew Radford

Andrew Radford is a British linguist known for his work in syntax and child language acquisition. His first important contribution to the field was a book on Italian syntax. He has since published several books on syntax within the framework of generative grammar and the Minimalist Program of Noam Chomsky , a number of which have appeared in the series Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. In the s, Radford was a pioneer of the maturation-based structure building model of child language, and the acquisition of functional categories in early child English within the Principles and Parameters framework, [3] [4] in which children are seen as gradually building up more and more complex structures, with lexical categories like noun and verb being acquired before functional- syntactic categories like determiner and complementiser : this research resulted in the publication of a monograph on Syntactic Theory and the Acquisition of English Syntax in , and numerous articles on the acquisition of syntax by monolingual, bilingual and language-disordered children. Since , Radford has researched the syntax of colloquial English , using data recorded from unscripted radio and TV broadcasts. He produced a research monograph on this, and a number of articles, and is preparing a follow-up research monograph on the syntax of relative clauses in colloquial English. In his book, Syntactic Theory and the Acquisition of English Syntax , [8] Radford summarizes the state of a maturation hypothesis for child language acquisition.

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