FORMAL GRAMMAR By Nugent, Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 a term that is applied to the description of language in terms of its form and structure as opposed to its function and meaning. Compare functional grammar. FORMAL GRAMMAR: "Formal grammar deals with the construction of sentences." Related Psychology Terms SEMANTICS TRANSFORMATIONAL GENERATIVE GRAMMAR UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR (UG) PHRASE-STRUCTURE GRAMMAR (PSG) CONSTITUENT FOCUSED ATTENTION, FOCAL CONSCIOUSNESS PIVOT GRAMMAR FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR FORMAL THOUGHT DISORDER FORMALISM Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "FORMAL GRAMMAR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/formal-grammar/ (accessed November 18, 2018).