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Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics 12(1), 11-28 11 © 2008 PAAL 1345-8353/00 Chomsky’s Universal Grammar and Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics: An Appraisal and a Compromise Mohammad Bavali and Firooz Sadighi ∗ Azad University, Shiraz Branch Sadighi, F. & Bavali, M. (2008) Chomsky’s Universal Grammar and Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics: An appraisal and a compromise. Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 12(1), 11-28. Recent developments in theories of language (grammars) seem to share a number of tenets which mark a drastic shift from traditional disentangled descriptions of language: emphasis on a big number of discrete grammatical rules or a corpus of structure patterns has given way to a more unitary, explanatory powerful description of language informed by a sound theory of language acquisition, on the one hand, and verified/refuted by observations on samples of language use, on the other. Two widely welcome of such theories are ...