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Leading scholars review their speciality in language acquisition
Each chapter provides the reader with a strong introduction of the field and contains an overview of the work in the field by a leading authority
Includes modern perspectives, reviews of crucial experiments, naturalistic data summaries, and methodological innovations that have led to new insights
Modern linguistic theory has been based on the promise of explaining how language acquisition can occur so rapidly with such subtlety, and with both surprising uniformity and diversity across languages. This handbook provides a summary and assessment of how far that promise has been fulfilled, exploring core concepts in acquisition theory, including notions of the initial state, parameters, triggering theory, the role of competition and frequency, and many others, across a variety of syntactic topics that have formed the central domains of investigation and debate. These topics are treated from the unique perspective of central actors in each domain who have helped shape the research agenda. The authors have presented a summary of the data, the theories under discussion, and their own best assessments of where each domain stands. Providing as well the agenda for future work in the field showing both particular needs and general directions that should be pursued in the coming decades.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Asian language - Asian syntax - Charles Yang - Cornelia Hamann - Jill de Villiers - Julien Mosolino - Kamil Deen - Ken Wexler - Learnability - Nina Hyams - Tom Roeper - Wh - Wh movement - Wh questions - Wh-movement - William Philip - Yukio Otsu - binding - generative acquisition - generative linguistics - implicatures - language acquisition - language learning - modularity - parameter - parameter decisions - parameter-setting - passive - pro-drop - psycholinguistics - quantification - root infinitives - syntax
Introduction .- Missing Subjects in Early Child Language, Nina Hyams .- Grammatical Computation in the Optional Infinitive Stage, Ken Wexler .- Computational Models of Language Acquisition, Charles Yang .- The Acquisition of the Passive, Kamil Ud Deen .- The Acquistion Path of Wh-Questions, Tom Roeper and Jill de Villiers .- Binding and Coreference: Views from Child Language, Cornelia Hamann .- Universal Grammar and the Acquisition of Japanese Syntax, Koji Sugisaki and Yukio Otsu .- Studying Language Acquistion Through the Prism of Isomorphism, Julien Musolino .- Acquiring Knowledge of Universal Quantification, William Philip .- Name Index .- Subject Index