I'm Ramachandra Reddy, from the southern state of Andhrapradesh; India. I'm a research scholar at Dravidian University. I'm researching on Universal Grammar proposed and propagated by the well known American Linguist Noam Chomsky. I'm very much fascinated by the name "Noam Chomsky" as it is associated with unparalleled intellectual abilities and the courage to question the authority. These qualities inspired me to carryout research on Universal Grammar.
Research in Universal Grammar is really challenging and moreover it is an evolving topic. There is lot of room for more research in the area. Unfortunately I don’t have much guidance on this complex topic. So I’m doing it on my own and I seek a little bit of help from enlightened scholars. One interesting thing I would like to share with you at this point is that there was a Sanskrit scholar in ancient India who wrote the book Asthadhyayi, in which he proposed the recursive theory, which I think, formed the basis of Chomsky’s generative Grammar. So I’m a student from the country of Panini.
As part of UG, Chomsky proposed that there is something called LAD (Language Acquisition Device) to make up for poverty of stimulus. There is another theory called critical period theory which contends that LAD is not available beyond 6 or 7 years and as a result, grown up students and adults find it difficult to learn a second language. Now I would like to know from you whether the critical period theory is right, and if it is not true, obviously the LAD should be available to even the adults and if it is available to them in what way do they derive benefit out of it in learning a second language?
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