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u′niver′sal gram′mar(n.)

  1. a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. the properties and constraints themselves.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of universal grammar:

1930–35

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  1. Universal grammar

    Universal grammar is a theory in linguistics, usually credited to Noam Chomsky, proposing that the ability to learn grammar is hard-wired into the brain. The theory suggests that linguistic ability manifests itself without being taught, and that there are properties that all natural human languages share. It is a matter of observation and experimentation to determine precisely what abilities are innate and what properties are shared by all languages.

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