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What is Surface Structure? - Definition & Examples Video

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Which term identifies the form of a sentence that's seen or heard?

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1. Which of these is a mode of linguistic analysis that identifies the relationships between sentence elements through processes or rules of gradual cognitive recognition?

2. Deep structure represents a sentence's most basic units of _________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Surface structure is a unique concept within grammar, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its definition as well as related principles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions, principles and application of:

  • The form of a sentence that's seen or heard
  • A mode of linguistic analysis that identifies the relationships between sentence elements
  • Deep structure
  • Deep structure transformations
  • The founder of surface structure theories

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define deep structure and the form of a sentence that's seen or heard
  • Making connections - Use understanding of surface structure to identify it within an example of deep structure
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the founder of surface structure theory as well as the term for a mode of linguistic analysis that identifies the relationships between sentence elements

Additional Learning

To learn more about surface structure, review the accompanying lesson, What is Surface Structure? - Definition and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define transformational grammar
  • Understand what constitutes surface structure
  • Know what is represented by deep structure
  • Familiarize yourself with examples of surface structure
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