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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An innate system of grammatical principles, parameters, and constraints believed to underlie all natural languages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Linguistics) the principles forming the basis for the human ability to understand language.
  • noun (Linguistics) the general properties and constraints common to all human languages; also, the study of such principles.


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