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The myth of language universals and the myth of universal grammar

  • Morten H. Christiansen (a1) and Nick Chater (a2)

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.

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