deep structure
noun Date: 1964 a formal representation of the underlying semantic content of a sentence; also the structure which such a representation specifies

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  • deep structure — ☆ deep structure n. in transformational grammar, the abstract syntactic pattern underlying the construction in the surface structure of a sentence …   English World dictionary

  • Deep structure — In linguistics, specifically in the study of syntax in the tradition of generative grammar (also known as transformational grammar), the deep structure of a linguistic expression is a theoretical construct that seeks to unify several related… …   Wikipedia

  • deep structure — noun : a formal representation of the underlying semantic content of a sentence ; also : the structure which such a representation specifies * * * ˈdeep structure 7 [deep structure] (also ˈD structure …   Useful english dictionary

  • deep structure — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms deep structure : singular deep structure plural deep structures linguistics the logical relationships on which the different parts of a phrase or sentence are based See: surface structure …   English dictionary

  • deep structure — deep′ struc′ture n. cvb ling. (in transformational grammar) the underlying semantic or syntactic representation of a sentence from which the surface structure may be derived Compare surface structure • Etymology: 1960 …   From formal English to slang

  • deep structure — /ˈdip strʌktʃə/ (say deep strukchuh) noun 1. (in transformational grammar) the grammatical relationships inherent in the elements of a phrase or sentence though not immediately apparent from the surface structure. 2. the real nature of a problem… …   Australian English dictionary

  • deep structure — Ling. (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, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • deep structure — noun (in transformational grammar) the underlying logical relationships of the elements of a phrase or sentence. Contrasted with surface structure …   English new terms dictionary

  • deep — deepness, n. /deep/, adj. deeper, deepest, n., adv., deeper, deepest. adj. 1. extending far down from the top or surface: a deep well; a deep valley. 2. extending far in or back from the front or from an edge, surface, opening, etc., considered… …   Universalium

  • deep — 1. adjective /diːp/ a) Having its bottom far down. That is a deep thought! b) Profound, having great meaning or import, but possibly obscure or not obvious …   Wiktionary

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