deep structure

noun Linguistics.
(in transformational-generative grammar) the underlying semantic or syntactic representation of a sentence, from which the surface structure may be derived.


Origin:
1960–65, Americanism

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deep structure
 
n
generative grammar Compare surface structure a representation of a sentence at a level where logical or grammatical relations are made explicit, before transformational rules have been applied

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In deep structure, meaning can also be divided into two categories: contextual meaning and pragmatic meaning.
Most anglers are successful with minnows or jigs fished near deep structure.
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