Why do all human languages resemble each other? And how do children learn language so fast?
For many linguists, the answer is Universal Grammar. It’s one of the biggest ideas in linguistics, but now it might possibly be coming unstuck. What is it, and what does its acceptance or rejection mean for modern linguistics?
Linguist Daniel Midgley has something for everyone on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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The French Number
Evidence Rebuts Chomsky’s Theory of Language Learning
Don’t believe the rumours. Universal Grammar is alive and well.
The bonfire of Noam Chomsky: journalist Tom Wolfe targets the acclaimed linguist
Tom Wolfe plays mischief with language in ‘Kingdom of Speech’
Noam Chomsky on the Evolution of Language: A Biolinguistic Perspective
Dr. Noam Chomsky’s answers to questions from r/linguistics
Universal Grammar- How Do You Back It?
What are the leading anti-UG theories?
The language faculty that wasn’t: a usage-based account of natural language recursion
A Cognitive Neural Architecture Able to Learn and Communicate through Natural Language
Grammar rules aren’t nearly as clear-cut as we thought
Child language acquisition: Why universal grammar doesn’t help
‘Avengers’ assemble to take on ‘racist, abusive coward’ Donald Trump, urge people to vote
‘Butt’ is an actual unit of measurement
The first fuckwit
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