(In generative grammar) the structure of a well-formed phrase or sentence in a language, as opposed to its underlying abstract representation. Contrasted with deep structure.
- Possibly, the present verbal dual task interferes mostly with the phonological surface structure of the spatial sentence and not with the underlying propositional content.
- That is, switching should occur at points where the surface structures of the two languages map onto each other.
- The theory postulates that the two sentences have the same order in deep structure, but the question transformation changes the order to that in surface structure.
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Syllabification: sur·face struc·ture
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