linguistic universal

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Noun1.linguistic universal - (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
linguistics - the scientific study of language
linguistic rule, rule - (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
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Similarly, it is hypothesized that the fixed hierarchy of functional heads in syntax, influentially postulated by Cinque as a linguistic universal, can be explained by the requirements of semantic compositionality (218-20).
255-267), raises a number of more general issues with respect to serial verbs and linguistic typology, especially whether SVCs represent some kind of substantive linguistic universal and whether there is a correlation between adpositional poverty and serial verb richness, between inflectional morphology and serialization, and between complex sentence constructions and serialization.
As thoroughly illustrated in this chapter, "if the mechanism of transposition (signaled by varied formal means) is a linguistic universal, transposition provides a universal window on substantive (linguistic, cultural, or situational) differences in WHAT THERE IS TO TRANSPOSE, that is in what aspects of situations are projected by utterances" (p.