Universal Grammar : A Problem or A Mystery?
origin of language
second language learning.
Chomsky has argued that we are biologically endowed with Universal Grammar (UG) and all human languages can be deduced from UG by setting its parameters. But so far he has not discovered what constitutes UG despite his repeated remodeling the framework of UG for nearly fifty years. Some doubt whether there is really UG built into our brains at birth. On the other hand, he has claimed that human beings have capacities with their scope and limits just as other organisms. As a result, he concludes that there are problems we can solve in one way or another and mysteries we cannot unravel forever. Can we solve his UG? Is his UG a problem or a mystery?
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