Surface-structure



noun, Linguistics. (in transformational-generative grammar)
1.
a structural representation of the final syntactic form of a sentence, as it exists after the transformational component has modified a deep structure.
Compare deep structure.
2.
the string of words that is actually produced.
surface structure
noun
1.
(generative grammar) a representation of a string of words or morphemes as they occur in a sentence, together with labels and brackets that represent syntactic structure Compare deep structure

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