Is Universal Grammar ready for retirement? A short review of a longstanding misinterpretation

  title={Is Universal Grammar ready for retirement? A short review of a longstanding misinterpretation},
  author={Jos{\'e}-Luis Mend{\'i}vil-Gir{\'o}},
  journal={Journal of Linguistics},
  pages={859 - 888}
In this paper I consider recent studies that deny the existence of Universal Grammar (UG), and I show how the concept of UG that is attacked in these works is quite different from Chomsky’s, and thus that such criticisms are not valid. My principal focus is on the notions of ‘linguistic specificity’ and of ‘innateness’, and I conclude that, since the controversy about UG is based on misinterpretations, it is rendered sterile and thus does unnecessary harm to linguistic science. I also address… 

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