The Pro-Drop Parameter in Second Language Acquisition

  • Marianne Phinney
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 4)


The parameterized model of Core Grammar that has been recently proposed by Chomsky (1981) has a two-fold function. As a part of the framework of linguistic theory, the model accounts for some systematic differences between languages, and accounts for a wide variety of constructions within an individual language. As part of the framework of Acquisition Theory, it can account for developmental stages in the acquisition process of a first language, including both stages of a single language and cross-linguistic comparisons (Otsu, 1981; Phinney, 1983). However, only a few researchers (White, 1983, 1985; Flynn, 1983, among them) have applied this model to the problem of second language acquisition.


Language Acquisition Marked Setting Spanish Speaker Universal Grammar Null Subject 
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