The Components of Language: What's Specific to Language, and What's Specific to Humans1

  title={The Components of Language: What's Specific to Language, and What's Specific to Humans1},
  author={Steven Pinker and Ray Jackendoff},
In the context of contemporary mentalist study of language, one way of couching the question of language universals is in terms of language acquisition: What components are universally available in the brains of language learners that make possible the relatively rapid acquisition of language? The present chapter addresses this question—the character of the human language capacity. We should be clear, however, that the answer to this question may not yield characteristics common to all human… 

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