The 's Theory Of Universal Grammar Essay

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1. What is the ancient story of how the world came to have many languages (nearly 7,000 today, according to the author)? Do you believe this story is true? The ancient story is the Tower of Babel. Mankind spoke a universal language following the great flood and this led to the construction of a tower to display the greatest of humanity. As a result, God confounded their speech so that they could no longer understand each other and scattered them around the world. I do believe this story to be true. 2. What is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis? The Sapir – Whorf hypothesis is whether or not the languages we speak shape the way we think. 3. Who is Noam Chomsky? What, briefly, is his theory of universal grammar? Do you agree with it? (You will need to look this up online.) Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. His universal grammar theory is a theory in linguistics, usually credited to Noam Chomsky, proposing that the ability to learn grammar is hard-wired into the brain. It is sometimes known as 'mental grammar ', and as opposed to other 'grammars ', e.g. prescriptive, descriptive and pedagogical. No I do not agree with this because grammar is hard for some people to learn such as me. I do not think it is hard-wired in the brain or else it would be easy for everyone to learn’ 4. What is the difference between how English and Hebrew speakers arrange time?
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