Universal grammar

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Universal grammar 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.

See also


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

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