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'Hard-Wired' Grammar Rules Found for All Languages

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In 1981 the linguist Noam Chomsky, who had already proposed that language was not learned but innate, made an even bolder claim. The grammars of all languages, he said, can be described by a set of universal rules or principles, and the differences among those grammars are due to a finite set of options that are also innate.

URL: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/lx250/nyt.html

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Added: Feb 12 2004
Category: Language Articles: Linguistics: Chomsky

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