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The myth of language universals and the myth of universal grammar

Christiansen, MH; Chater, N; (2009) The myth of language universals and the myth of universal grammar. BEHAV BRAIN SCI , 32 (5) 452 -453. 10.1017/S0140525X09990641. Green open access

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Abstract

Evans & Levinson (E&L) argue that language universals are a myth. Christiansen and Chater (2008) have recently suggested that innate universal grammar is also a myth. This commentary explores the connection between these two theses, and draws wider implications for the cognitive science of language.

Type: Article
Title: The myth of language universals and the myth of universal grammar
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X09990641
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X09990641
Language: English
Additional information: © 2009 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: STIMULUS
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/124395
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