deep structure

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deep structure

n.
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.

deep structure

n
(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

deep′ struc′ture


n.
(in transformational grammar) the underlying semantic or syntactic representation of a sentence from which the surface structure may be derived. Compare surface structure.
[1960]

deep structure

A term used in linguistics to mean the underlying structure of relationships between the elements that make up a sentence.
Translations
Tiefenstruktur
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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.