Single Idea 3171

[catalogued under 18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 3. Modularity of Mind]

Full Idea

Ninety percent of most young children's utterances are grammatical.

Gist of Idea

Children speak 90% good grammar


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], 4.2.4)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.119

A Reaction

This is good evidence for some sort of innate element in the grammar of language. But the accurate grammar is not in a particular language. Good communication must be the driving force in all this.