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universal grammar

noun, Linguistics
1.
a grammar that attempts to establish the properties and constraints common to all possible human languages.
2.
an innate system of principles underlying the human language faculty.
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British Dictionary definitions for universal-grammar

universal grammar

noun
1.
(linguistics) (in Chomskyan transformation linguistics) the abstract limitations on the formal grammatical description of all human languages, actual or possible, that make them human languages
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