Greenberg's pioneering work on linguistic universals
is obvious and acknowledged; (9) at the same time, one of the great virtues of Chrisomalis's study is the author's insistence on the importance of examining numerical notation in its own right, rather than as an adjunct to writing systems, and of separating numerical notation (e.
Nonetheless, the same verbal sign contains also the substantial form of language (forma substantiales locutionis) which corresponds to those innate linguistic universals
that function as the formal principles of language itself.
The relentless pace with which people tweak their native tongues renders hopeless the search for linguistic universals
, according to this view (SN:6/9/90, p.
Like our post-structuralists, they were nominalists who believed that "there is no language in itself, nor are there any linguistic universals
, only a throng of dialects, patois, slangs, and specialized langages" (Deleuze and Guattari).
First some competing theories on the origin of linguistic universals