Chomsky's LAD

  • Children are born already programmed to formulate & understand all sentence types.
  • Chomsky proposed existence of innate "Language Acquisition Device" (LAD) - likened to a street map which gives overview of key aspects e.g. helps make distinctions between nouns & verbs.
  • Chomsky's Theory of Transformational Grammar - set of rules (phase structure rules) that specifiy what are/are not acceptable utterances.
  • Chomsky distinguished between a sentences surface structure & deep structure. Surface structure


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