- a representation of a sentence at a level where logical or grammatical relations are made explicit, before transformational rules have been applied
Compare surface structure
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
deep′ struc′ture, [Ling.]
- Linguistics(in transformational-generative grammar) the underlying semantic or syntactic representation of a sentence, from which the surface structure may be derived. Cf. surface structure.
- 1960–65, American.
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