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In early theories of generative grammar, a syntactic structure that expresses certain core semantic relationships in a construction and is the source from which surface structure is derived.
(Grammar) 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
(in transformational grammar) the underlying semantic or syntactic representation of a sentence from which the surface structure may be derived. Compare surface structure.
A term used in linguistics to mean the underlying structure of relationships between the elements that make up a sentence.
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Operator Statoil has together with PL169 partners proved new oil resources in the D-structure in the vicinity of the Grane field in the North Sea.
The D-structure is located on the Utsira High, just seven kilometres north of the Grane field and in the immediate proximity of the Grane F oil discovery made by Statoil in 2013.
Given this, the abstract D-structure of a predicate phrase headed by a transitive verb like kan 'watch' is (8):
That is to say, along the lines of the syntactic model outlined by (8) and (9), the verb is enabled to assign [theta]-roles from the right to the left at the level of D-structure, while syntactic licensing goes from the left to the right and takes place at S-structure.
Chapter 7 introduces the (now somewhat outdated) concept of (syntactic) level of representation and uses NP- and V-movement as applications of Move-a, the transformational component linking D-Structure