Rule Features

Rule Features



A term used in classical transformational grammar to refer to one of the types of (binary) features which are contained in a lexical entry (the others being inherent features and contextual features), and which provides information as to whether a lexical item is exceptional with reference to the applicability of a non-lexical transformation. This type of feature is symbolized as [-Passive], [-Equi], etc. If a rule does have lexical exceptions, it is said to be governed (otherwise ungoverned).