innateness hypothesis


noun Psycholinguistics.

the theory that humans are biologically equipped with a knowledge of certain universal elements of language structure that is brought into play in the course of native-language acquisition.

Nearby words

  1. innards,
  2. innate,
  3. innate immunity,
  4. innate releasing mechanism,
  5. innately,
  6. inner,
  7. inner automorphism,
  8. inner bar,
  9. inner barrister,
  10. inner cell mass

Also called nativism.

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