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[mass noun] A deliberately oversimplified form of generative grammar, which generates sentences by working through word by word in a strictly linear fashion. It was used by Chomsky to illustrate the need for more complex features, such as transformations, to account adequately for real language.
- ‘Participants are exposed to a series of consonant strings generated by a finite state grammar.’
- ‘The idea is to write two finite state grammars: one ‘broad’ and the other ‘narrow’.’
- ‘‘That shows that without training, they've been able to figure out a rule at the finite state grammar level - they've been able to sense that pattern,’ said Fitch.’
- ‘The ‘finite state grammar’ language contains the two sentences and the ‘phrase structure grammar’ language contains the two sentences’
- ‘Thirty undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales were exposed to letter strings generated from a finite state grammar and then rated strings in liking and recognition tests.’
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