LANGUAGE UNIVERSAL

1. Linguistic features that are common to all languages, such as words and sentence structure or pronouns or color words. Substantive universals are based on observations across multiple languages. 2. A fundamental formal property built into the rule structure of all language systems. Example observed by US linguist Joseph Greenberg (1915-2001), "In declarative sentences, the predominant order is the subject preceded by the object."

LANGUAGE UNIVERSAL: "All languages have a language universal where the subject is preceeded by the object."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "LANGUAGE UNIVERSAL," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/language-universal/ (accessed February 17, 2020).
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