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Fodor, Jerry (1983). The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology. MIT Press.

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  • Modularity of mind is the notion that a mind may, at least in part, be composed of separate innate structures which have established evolutionarily developed functional purposes. Proponents believe this view is implied by Noam Chomsky's concept of a universal, generative grammar. Such universal features of language are taken by proponents of the modularity theory to imply the existence of an underlying "language acquisition device" structure in the brain. This device is postulated to be autonomous and specialized for learning language rapidly -- a module.

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