Meaning of surface structure

sur'face struc"ture

Pronunciation: [key]
— Ling. Ling.(in transformational-generative grammar)
  1. a structural representation of the final syntactic form of a sentence, as it exists after the transformational component has modified a deep structure. Cf.
  2. the string of words that is actually produced.
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