Noam Chomsky on Universal Grammar

Noam Chomsky - Universal Grammar

Universal Grammar

Universal Grammar (UG) in linguistics, is the theory of the genetic component of the language faculty, usually credited to Noam Chomsky. The basic postulate of UG is that a certain set of structural rules are innate to humans, independent of sensory experience.

The theory of universal grammar proposes that if human beings are brought up under normal conditions, then they will always develop language with certain properties (e.g., distinguishing nouns from verbs, or distinguishing function words from content words). The theory proposes that there is an innate, genetically determined language faculty that knows these rules, making it easier and faster for children to learn to speak than it otherwise would be.

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