Quotation by Noam Chomsky

UG [universal grammar] may be regarded as a characterization of the genetically determined language faculty. One may think of this faculty as a 'language acquisition device,' an innate component of the human mind that yields a particular language through interaction with present experience, a device that converts experience into a system of knowledge attained: knowledge of one or another language.
Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. mathematical linguist, philosopher, psychologist, political critic. Knowledge of Language, p. 3 (1971).

A statement of the author's "Cartesian" theory in linguistics.
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