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Universal grammar a reflection

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Universal grammar a reflection

  1. 1. The theory of universal grammar (UG) holds that there arecertain basic structural rules that govern language that allhumans know without having to learn them. This is one way toexplain how humans acquire language – if the brain is alreadyprimed to understand certain sentence structures, it explainshow children can understand and speak sentences that they’venever heard before. Supporters of this theory point to theelements that are common in different languages as evidence. Universal grammar (UG) is a grammar that attempts toestablish the properties and constraints common to all possiblehuman language. It is our innate systems of principle underlyingthe human language . It is an innate systems of principlesunderlying the human language property.
  2. 2. In linguistics, the theory of universalgrammar holds that there are certainbasic structural rules that governlanguage that all humans know withouthaving to learn them. This is one way toexplain how humans acquire language –if the brain is already primed tounderstand sentence structures. www.wiseGeek.com
  3. 3. ―There is no such thing as universal grammar. The rules oflanguage are not innate but spring from necessity andcircumstance.‖ ……….Daniel Everett. Universal grammar are falsifiable and are thereforepseudo scientific theory, arguing that the grammaticalgenerations made are simply observations about existinglanguage not predictions about what is possible in alanguage. The unlearn ability of languages assumed by UG is basedon a too-strict, ―worst case model of grammar‖. . . . .Elman et al
  4. 4. No one can argue against language being a universal. .What makes us unique as a species and sets us apart from theothers, is our ability to adjust to our environment to suit our needsand amplify our powers. We are already formatted in one language (the mothertongue) and we normally erase it while learning a new one. As we observe our own speech, other people’s speech andthe languages of the books and articles we read, we will beginto find it easy and interesting to recognize the different kinds ofEnglish word, phrase, clause and sentences and the differencebetween good and bad grammar. And you will gradually cometo see the different ways in which our own language can begood or bad no matter how fine it sounds. If your ideas are clearbut are expressed in inappropriate language—language thathas the wrong tone for the situation or makes the wrongimpression – your English is bad. When it expresses your ideasclearly, in a lively, interesting way, and at the same time issuitable for the situation, your English is good.

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