universal grammar
noun Date: circa 1750 the study of general principles believed to underlie the grammatical phenomena of all languages; also such principles viewed as part of an innate human capacity for learning a language

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  • Universal grammar — is a theory of linguistics postulating principles of grammar shared by all languages, thought to be innate to humans (linguistic nativism). It attempts to explain language acquisition in general, not describe specific languages. Universal grammar …   Wikipedia

  • Universal grammar — U ni*ver sal gram mar, n. 1. (Linguistics) the principles forming the basis for the human ability to understand language. [PJC] 2. (Linguistics) the general properties and constraints common to all human languages; also, the study of such… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • universal grammar — noun : general grammar * * * Ling. 1. a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages. 2. an innate system of principles underlying the human language faculty. * * * universal grammar UK… …   Useful english dictionary

  • universal grammar — Ling. 1. a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages. 2. an innate system of principles underlying the human language faculty. * * * …   Universalium

  • universal grammar — See generative grammar …   Philosophy dictionary

  • universal grammar — u′niver′sal gram′mar n. 1) ling. a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages 2) ling. the properties and constraints themselves • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • universal grammar — UK / US noun [uncountable] linguistics rules about language that apply to all languages …   English dictionary

  • Applicative Universal Grammar — Applicative Universal Grammar, or AUG, is a universal semantic metalanguage intended for studying the semantic processes in particular languages [ Shaumyan S. A Semiotic Theory of Language . Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press …   Wikipedia

  • Grammar — is the field of linguistics that covers the rules governing the use of any given natural language. It includes morphology and syntax, often complemented by phonetics, phonology, semantics, and pragmatics. Each language has its own distinct… …   Wikipedia

  • grammar — grammarless, adj. /gram euhr/, n. 1. the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed; morphology and syntax. 2. these features or constructions themselves: English grammar. 3. an account of these features; a set of rules… …   Universalium

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