Three Factors in Language Design

  title={Three Factors in Language Design},
  author={Noam Chomsky},
  journal={Linguistic Inquiry},
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Published 8 February 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistic Inquiry
The biolinguistic perspective regards the language faculty as an organ of the body, along with other cognitive systems. Adopting it, we expect to find three factors that interact to determine (I-) languages attained: genetic endowment (the topic of Universal Grammar), experience, and principles that are language- or even organism-independent. Research has naturally focused on I-languages and UG, the problems of descriptive and explanatory adequacy. The Principles-and-Parameters approach opened… 

Three factors in the design and acquisition of language.

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