Universal grammar

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Universal grammar (/ju:nɪ'vɜ:səl 'græmə/) is a theory of linguistics that considers that there is a fundamental grammar which is shared by all languages. In other words, that grammar is innate to humans and that, at some level all languages share the same intrinsic grammar.[1]

It refers to language acquisition in general, not specific languages. Linguists who have influenced this theory include Noam Chomsky.

The theory seems not as persuasive as it once was.

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  1. Pinker, Steven The Language Instinct Harper Perennial ISBN 0-06-095833-2

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