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Mental Grammar

  • Definition: The mental representation of grammar. The knowledge that a speaker has about the linguistic units and rules of his native language. The rules in your mental grammar are not necessarily the sorts of rules that are written down or taught anywhere; rather, they are the rules in your head that tell you how to combine sounds and words to create well-formed utterances.

    Source: Language Files, eleventh edition, edited by Vedrana Mihalicek and Christin Wilson

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