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Universal grammar: arguments for its existence

Umarlebbe, Jameela Hanoon and Mat Said, Seriaznita (2021) Universal grammar: arguments for its existence. Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 12 (2). pp. 31-36. ISSN 2203-4714


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.alls.v.12n.2.p.31


The first part of this paper discusses the rationale for universal grammar (UG) theory to explain first language acquisition. It also illustrates the issues of language acquisition Chomsky argued which could not be supported by behaviourist theories and shows how Chomsky proposed a solution to this problem through his theoretical model of universal grammar. The next part outlines this theory’s key tenets, arguing that these principles must be an innate endowment of the human mind. Moreover, the study illustrates specific examples of grammatical phenomena that universal grammar seeks to explain. Lastly, it shows that certain distinct grammatical features are linked and that these connections can be explained within the Universal Grammar theoretical framework. The only reasonable explanation for the first language learning needs only limited linguistic exposure to activate them and set criteria for the language being learned for children whose minds have already been wired with essential language concepts.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:universal grammar, first language acquisition, principles and parameters, innateness, Noam Chomsky, language acquisition device
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:97407
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:10 Oct 2022 15:14
Last Modified:10 Oct 2022 15:14

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