Handbook of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition

  • Jill de Villiers
  • Tom Roeper

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jill de Villiers, Tom Roeper
    Pages 1-12
  3. Kamil Ud Deen
    Pages 155-187
  4. Tom Roeper, Jill de Villiers
    Pages 189-246
  5. Koji Sugisaki, Yukio Otsu
    Pages 291-317
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 395-403

About this book


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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Jill de Villiers
    • 1
  • Tom Roeper
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of PsychologySmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA
  2. 2., Linguistics Dept., 226 South CollegeUniversity of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA

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