What is the mental capacity that enables speakers to form grammatical sentences? (gramatical competence or communicative competence)

asked 2020-11-24 11:27:54 -0500

mads27 gravatar image

Not sure about this question from my linguistics class: The mental capacity that enables speakers to form grammatical sentences such as My mother is taking a long shower rather than “A taking long my shower is mother” (or thousands of other possible ill-formed strings of exactly the same words) is [a] grammatical competence / communicative competence.

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