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Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

Language Processing and Language Acquisition

Editors: Frazier, Lyn, de Villiers, J. (Eds.)

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Studies of language acqUiSItion have largely ignored processing prin­ ciples and mechanisms. Not surprisingly, questions concerning the analysis of an informative linguistic input - the potential evidence for grammatical parameter setting - have also been ignored. Especially in linguistic approaches to language acquisition, the role of language processing has not been prominent. With few exceptions (e. g. Goodluck and Tavakolian, 1982; Pinker, 1984) discussions of language perform­ ance tend to arise only when experimental debris, the artifact of some experiment, needs to be cleared away. Consequently, language pro­ cessing has been viewed as a collection of rather uninteresting perform­ ance factors obscuring the true object of interest, namely, grammar acquisition. On those occasions when parsing "strategies" have been incorporated into accounts of language development, they have often been discussed as vague preferences, not open to rigorous analysis. In principle, however, theories of language comprehension can and should be subjected to the same criteria of explicitness and explanatoriness as other theories, e. g. , theories of grammar. Thus their peripheral role in accounts of language development may reflect accidental factors, rather than any inherent fuzziness or irrelevance to the language acquisition problem. It seems probable that an explicit model of the way(s) processing routines are applied in acquisition would help solve some central problems of grammar acquisition, since these routines regulate the application of grammatical knowledge to novel inputs.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language Processing and Language Acquisition
Editors
  • Lyn Frazier
  • J. de Villiers
Series Title
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Series Volume
10
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-3808-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-3808-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0659-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0660-3
Series ISSN
1873-0043
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 398
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