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SEMANTICS: the principle, argued for in Katz & Postal (1964), that all semantic interpretation applies to deep-structure, before the application of transformations. As a result all transformations are meaning preserving. This principle was the source of a deep controversy in generative grammar between generative semantics and interpretative semantics.
LIT. Katz,.J.J. and P.Postal (1964)
Newmeyer, F.J. (1980)