linguistic universal

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Synonyms for linguistic universal

(linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

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First some competing theories on the origin of linguistic universals are examined.
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).