Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

A Parameter-Setting Model of L2 Acquisition

Experimental Studies in Anaphora

Authors: Flynn, S.

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Recent developments in linguistic theory have led to an important reorientation of research in related fields of linguistic inquiry as well as in linguistics itself. The developments I have in mind, viewed from the point of view of government-binding theory, have to do with the character­ ization of Universal Grammar (UG) as a set of subtheories, each with its set of central principles (perhaps just one principle central to each subtheory) and parameters (perhaps just one for each principle) according to which a principle can vary between an unmarked ('-') and a marked ('+') para­ metric value (Chomsky, 1985; 1986). For example, let us assume that there is an X-bar theory in explanation of those features of phrase structure irreducible to other subtheo­ ries of UG. Within X-bar theory variation among languages is then allowed only with respect to the position the head of a phrase occupies in rela t ion to its complemen ts such that the phrases of a language will be either right- or left-headed. Thus languages will vary between being right-headed in this respect (as in Japanese phrase structure) and being left-headed (as in English phrase structure). Everything else about the phrase structure of particular languages will be fixed within X-bar theory itself or else it will fallout from other subtheories of UG: Case theory; 0-theory, etc. (Chomsky, 1985:161-62; Chomsky, 1986:2-4; and references cited there). Hatters are the same in other modules of grammar.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Parameter-Setting Model of L2 Acquisition
Book Subtitle
Experimental Studies in Anaphora
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Series Volume
5
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-3747-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-3747-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-277-2375-8
Series ISSN
1873-0043
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
260
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