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  1. surface structure

    • IPA[ˈsərfəs ˈstrək(t)SHər]

    美式

    • n.
      (in generative grammar) the structure of a well-formed phrase or sentence in a language, as opposed to its underlying abstract representation
    • noun: surface structure, plural noun: surface structures

    • 釋義

    名詞

    • 1. (in generative grammar) the structure of a well-formed phrase or sentence in a language, as opposed to its underlying abstract representation rules of transformation change deep structure into surface structure those types of sentences which have deep structures identical to their surface structures will be called base sentences