Structural Description

Structural Description



A term used in (especially classical) transformational grammar to refer to an analysis of a terminal string in terms of a labelled bracketing. In transformational analysis, the structural description identifies the input to a transformational rule: it specifies which phrase-markers are to be affected by the rule, i.e. which will ‘satisfy’ or ‘meet’ the conditions of the rule. The term structural analysis and structure index are also used.