Surface-structure meaning

In early theories of generative grammar, the abstract syntactic structure of a construction, derived from deep structure, that determines and corresponds most closely with observed word order.
noun
2
0
Surface structure is a sentence in the form that it is heard and spoken.

An example of surface structure is that's my book.

noun
0
0
In transformational grammar, the formal structure of a sentence as it actually occurs in speech and as distinguished from the abstract, underlying deep structure.
noun
0
0
Advertisement