Meaning of SURFACE STRUCTURE in English

SURFACE STRUCTURE

Ling. (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. Cf. deep structure .

2. the string of words that is actually produced.

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Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .