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Katz-Postal-principle is 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.


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  • Newmeyer, F.J. 1980. Linguistic Theory in in America, Academic Press:New York etc.