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universal grammar

n. Abbr. UG
An innate system of grammatical principles, parameters, and constraints believed to underlie all natural languages.
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universal grammar

n
(Linguistics) linguistics (in Chomskyan transformation linguistics) the abstract limitations on the formal grammatical description of all human languages, actual or possible, that make them human languages
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u′niver′sal gram′mar



n.
1. a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages.
2. the properties and constraints themselves.
[1930–35]
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