Meaning of innateness hypothesis

innate'ness hypoth"esis

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— Psycholinguistics. Psycholinguistics.
  1. the theory that humans are biologically equipped with a knowledge of certain universal elements of language structure that is brought into play in the course of native-language acquisition. Also called
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