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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.
1960-65, Americanism Unabridged
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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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deep structure

(generative grammar) 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
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