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Language Acquisition and the Theory of Parameters

Author: Nina M Hyams
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1986.
Series: Studies in theoretical psycholinguistics, 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is perhaps the most stunning available demonstration of the explanatory power of the parametric approach to linguistic theory. It is akin, not to a deductive proof, but to the discovery of a footprint in a far-off place which leaves an archeologist elated. The book is full of intricate reasoning, but the stunning aspect is that the reasoning moves between not only complex syntax and diverse languages, but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nina M Hyams
ISBN: 9789400946385 9400946384
OCLC Number: 851367179
Description: 1 online resource (194 pages).
Contents: 1. Linguistic Theory and Syntactic Development --
1. Introduction --
2. A Parameterized Theory of UG --
3. An Overview --
4. The Theory of Grammar --
Notes --
2. The Null Subject Phenomenon --
1. Introduction --
2. The Structure of INFL --
3. Null Subjects and the Identity of AG --
4. Summary --
Notes --
3. The AG/PRO Parameter in Early Grammars --
1. Introduction --
2. Null Subjects in Early Language --
3. The Early Grammar of English (G1) --
4. The Restructuring of G1 --
5. Summary --
Notes --
4. Some Comparative Data --
1. Introduction --
2. The Early Grammars of English and Italian: A Comparison --
3. Early German --
Notes --
5. Discontinuous Models of Linguistic Development --
1. Introduction --
2. Semantically-Based Child Grammars --
3. Semantically-Based Grammars: Some Empirical Inadequacies --
Notes --
6. Further Issues in Acquisition Theory --
1. Summary --
2. The Initial State --
3. Instantaneous vs. Non-Instantaneous Acquisition 168 Notes --
Index of Names --
Index of Subjects.
Series Title: Studies in theoretical psycholinguistics, 3.
Responsibility: by Nina M. Hyams.

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To capture this fact we must posit an innate mechanism which meets two opposite constraints: it must be broad enough to account for the diversity of human language, and narrow enough so that the  Read more...

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