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(In transformational grammar) a rule for relating the semantic structure associated with a lexical item to the syntactic structure or structures in which it is used; (sometimes more specifically) a rule for obtaining the semantic value of a whole sentence by combining the semantic values of its parts in accordance with its grammatical structure.
1960s; earliest use found in Jerrold Katz (b. 1932).
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