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Parameters and Learnability in Binding Theory

  • Kenneth Wexler
  • M. Rita Manzini
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 4)

Abstract

Modern theory has provided evidence that universal grammar contains principles of a general, but specifically linguistic, form that apply in all natural languages. A goal of this paper is to extend the notion of principle theory to language acquisition. In such a theory each choice that the child makes in his or her growing language is determined by a principle of language or by a principle of learning or by the interaction of these two kinds of principles. The language principles and the learning principles are obviously related (they interact). However, it seems to be a promising approach to see if the two kinds of principles can be separated to some degree. That is, we attempt a modular approach to language acquisition theory. Some aspects of language and its acquisition seem better stated not in linguistic theory, but outside it, in, say, a learning module.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1987

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  • Kenneth Wexler
  • M. Rita Manzini

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