Definitions for universal grammar
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a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages.
the properties and constraints themselves.
Origin of 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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