| Definition -
(Aka language bioprogram hypothesis |LBH)
The theory that the structural similarities of creole languages cannot be solely attributed to their superstrate and substrate languages, but in fact must be due to some universal innate language capabilities that are common to all humans.
1. The argument is based on the following logic:
(a) Often, children in a mixed language community are forced to speak a highly unstructured pidgin.
(b) Over time, the children transform the pidgin into a language with a highly structured grammar.
(c) Because no one taught them how to do this, this capacity to create a structured language must be innate.
(d) And because all languages contain a common subset of language structures (e.g. nouns and verbs), these must be also be innate.
Etymology - The theory was developed by Derek Bickerton