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The "grammar" in Universal Grammar : a biolinguistic clarification
Verfasser/ VerfasserinTrettenbrein, Patrick C.
Erschienen in
Questions and Answers in Linguistics, 2015, Jg. 2, H. 1, S. 1-10
Erschienende Gruyter, 2015
SpracheEnglisch
DokumenttypAufsatz in einer Zeitschrift
Schlagwörter (DE)Universalgrammatik (UG) / Sprachvermögen / I-language / sprachliche Universalien / linguistischer Minimalismus / Evolution des Sprachvermögens / Biolinguistik / Kognitionswissenschaft
Schlagwörter (EN)Universal Grammar (UG) / Faculty of Language (FL) / I-language / language universals / minimalism / evolution of language / biolinguistics / cognitive science
ISSN2299-8942
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubg:3-2504 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOIdoi:10.1515/qal-2015-0005 
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This short piece addresses the confusion over terminology that has reigned, and partly still reigns, when it comes to the concept of Universal Grammar (UG). It is argued that whilst there might be changes in terminology and theory, conceptually UG cannot be eliminated. From a biolinguistic perspective, UG is not a hypothesis by any rational epistemological standard, but an axiom. Along these lines, the contemporary evolutionary perspective on the language faculty (FL) is briefly discussed to then argue that UG is necessarily part of FL in both a narrow and broad sense. Ultimately, regardless of terminology, UG is inevitably one of the factors determining the growth of FL.

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