Universal grammar is dead

  title={Universal grammar is dead},
  author={M. Tomasello},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={470 - 471}
  • M. Tomasello
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract The idea of a biologically evolved, universal grammar with linguistic content is a myth, perpetuated by three spurious explanatory strategies of generative linguists. To make progress in understanding human linguistic competence, cognitive scientists must abandon the idea of an innate universal grammar and instead try to build theories that explain both linguistic universals and diversity and how they emerge. 
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