Definition of finite state grammar in English:

finite state grammar


mass nounLinguistics
  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The idea is to write two finite state grammars: one ‘broad’ and the other ‘narrow’.’
    • ‘Participants are exposed to a series of consonant strings generated by a finite state grammar.’
    • ‘‘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.’