Transformational grammar  

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From the 1950s, American linguistic tradition began to diverge from the de Saussurian structuralism taught in European academia, notably with Noam Chomsky's "nativist" transformational grammar and successor theories, which during the 1970s "Linguistics Wars" and the hey-day of postmodernism gave rise to a bewildering variety of competing grammar frameworks.




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