A.E. Pierce's Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory: A Comparative PDF

By A.E. Pierce

ISBN-10: 0792315537

ISBN-13: 9780792315537

ISBN-10: 9401125740

ISBN-13: 9789401125741

The conception of language acquisition is a tender yet more and more energetic box. Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory offers one of many first certain experiences of comparative syntax acquisition. it really is educated via the view that linguists and acquisitionists are primarily engaged on an analogous challenge, that of explaining grammar learnability.
the writer takes cross-linguistic info from baby language as proof for contemporary proposals in syntactic conception. advancements within the constitution of kid's sentences through the first few years of lifestyles are traced to alterations within the surroundings of particular grammatical parameters. a few unbelievable modifications among the early baby grammars of French and English are exposed, modifications which can simply be defined at the foundation of sophisticated differences in inflectional constitution. This motivates the author's declare that sensible or nonthematic different types are represented within the grammars of very little ones. The ebook additionally explores the connection among acquisition and diachronic swap in French and English. it really is argued that findings in acquisition, whilst considered from a parameter surroundings viewpoint, supply solutions to special questions coming up within the learn of language switch.
The ebook can provide to be of curiosity to all these taken with the formal, mental or historic examine of linguistic wisdom.

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Don't Nina get up (Nina, 2-1-2) J. no Leila have a tum (Nina, 2-1-3) k. not man up here on him head (2-2-1) d. e. f. g. h. In examples (6d) and (6e), the contrast between the negative sentence and the child utterance which immediately follows it makes the nonanaphoric meaning of the negative clear. In all other instances, consideration of wider context was necessary to determine intended meaning. For each of the cases in (6), the context indicated nonanaphoric meaning and, therefore, nonanaphoric structure.

There was monkeys I. k. , here's rabbit, here's him, here's my horsie, here's a kitty cat) I. here is my doggie m. here is big kitty cat in this picture (9) Peter 0-11-2 to 2-3-0) unaccusatives unergatives a. b. c. d. e. f. g. r. push it me fell down, dump truck broke this (2) come out, bus come Lois go two bolts come a bag broken the light (2) Peter: broken the light Adult: is the light broken? h. comes me! 25 WORD ORDER I. unergatil'es here comes choo-choo train J. here comes Jenny again r. pus it me k.

22 CHAPTER 2 must move to a Case-assigning position. (5) represents another way for the NP to receive Case, via coindexing with a pleonastic element base generated in subject position (Burzio, 1986): (5) There, arrived a woman, Like unaccusatives, be and other raising verbs (such as seem) fail to assign a subject theta role or accusative Case. They therefore also participate in the type of derivation shown in (4) and the type of coindexing shown in (5). Given the underlying structure of the utterances in (l) and (2), they do not constitute errorful inversion.

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