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An Introduction to Universal Grammar

An Introduction to Universal Grammar

Universal Grammar (UG) is the controversial idea that language is a universal, evolved and specific capacity for learning and arranging grammatical constructions, hard-wired into our brains. Under UG the ability for human beings to learn language is specific, in that...
What is ‘Correct’ English, Anyway?

What is ‘Correct’ English, Anyway?

As children many of us are taught that speaking ‘correct English’ is something to aspire to. Sometimes this means pronouncing words with clear diction (health and safety rather than ‘elf n’safety), as well as using grammatical constructions considered ‘correct’. I am...
What is a Creole Language?

What is a Creole Language?

The term creole can trace its origins back to the 16th century. The word has multiple definitions and was used as a generic term to describe descendants of Spanish, Portuguese or French settlers who lived in either the West Indies or Latin America. There are several...