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).
Based on the theory of linguistic universal and Second Language Acquisition (SLA), the paper discusses the acquisition of syntactic positions of adverbs in English.
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.
Now it may not always seem clear that an alleged linguistic universal does retain it, e.
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.
Greenberg's pioneering work on linguistic universals is obvious and acknowledged; (9) at the same time, one of the great virtues of Chrisomalis's study is the author's insistence on the importance of examining numerical notation in its own right, rather than as an adjunct to writing systems, and of separating numerical notation (e.
Nonetheless, the same verbal sign contains also the substantial form of language (forma substantiales locutionis) which corresponds to those innate linguistic universals that function as the formal principles of language itself.
The relentless pace with which people tweak their native tongues renders hopeless the search for linguistic universals, according to this view (SN:6/9/90, p.
Like our post-structuralists, they were nominalists who believed that "there is no language in itself, nor are there any linguistic universals, only a throng of dialects, patois, slangs, and specialized langages" (Deleuze and Guattari).
phonological, syntactic) constitute evidence for cognitive universals, rather than linguistic universals.