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Lecture 7

LING 240 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Universal Grammar

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LING 240
Margaret Antonisse

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Ling240 Lecture 7: Universal Grammar
What is common among these sentences?
Loons that are swimming fly
Loons are swimming
Loons that swim are flying
Wrong: Are Loons that swimming fly?
Is John happy?
John can swim?
John may go to the movies
They imply we have a universal grammar
Universal Grammar (UG)
Should show up in all languages
Constraints on the types/form of rules and principles
Particular lexical categories
Mechanisms for creating new structures (word, phrases, sentences)
Ex: questions, negatives, exclamations
We aren’t that different after all...see?
Mental Grammar
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