Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition

ISBN-10: 063119536X

ISBN-13: 9780631195368

Edition: 1999

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Description: Directed towards general introductory linguistics courses, as well as courses in language acquisition, this textbook introduces the fundamentals of syntax and semantics in generative grammar and applies them to the study of child language. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it represents the theory of Universal Grammar and shows how the theory has proved helpful in understanding the process of language acquisition. Edited by two of the foremost researchers in the field, the book benefits from their insight into conceptual issues, their understanding of experimentation, and their own pioneering research.

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List price: $86.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Linguistic Knowledge: Introduction
Introduction to Language Acquisition
Knowledge in the Absence of Experience
Stages of Language Acquisition
Why Language Does Not Have to Be Taught
Dispelling a Common-Sense Account
Universal Grammar
The Modularity Hypothesis
Constituent Structure: Introduction
Phrase Structure
Phrase Structure Rules and X-Theory
Setting the X Parameters
Phrasal Categories
Ambiguity and Productivity
Children's Knowledge of Phrase Structures
Constraints on Reference
Children's Knowledge of Constraints: Backwards Anaphora
Transformational Syntax: Introduction
A Transformation Generating Yes/No Questions
Children's Adherence to Structure Dependence
WH-Movement
Crosslinguistic Aspects of WH-Questions
The Acquisition of WH-Questions
Successive Cyclic Movement
Successful Cyclic Movement
A Constraint on Contraction
Acquisition of Wanna Contraction
Principle C in WH-Questions
Acquisition of Strong Crossover
Universal Grammar in Visual Modality: Introduction
The Structure of American Sign Language
The Acquisition of ASL
The Structure and Acquisition of WH-Questions in ASL
Parameter Setting
Modularity and Modality
Semantics and Philosophy of Language: Introduction
Theories of Meaning
Truth Conditional Semantics
Compositionality I
Compositionality II
Intentional Semantics
Learnability of Syntax and Semantics
Acquisition of NPs with Modifiers
Relative Clauses
Universal Quantification
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