The Maturation of Syntax

  • Hagit Borer
  • Kenneth Wexler
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 4)


In recent years there has been a good deal of effort devoted to the problem of the development of linguistic representations. An active group of investigators is attempting to simultaneously figure out how linguistic representations can be attained given the limited data available to the child (the problem of learnability) and to understand why the course of development takes the actual form that it does. Needless to say, these problems interact. While concentration on both problems expands the goal of study, thereby making the ultimate solution more difficult to attain, the double concentration also has the effect of bringing a greater body of evidence to bear on the fundamental problem of the growth of language, thereby aiding in attempted solutions.


Linguistic Theory Continuity Hypothesis External Argument Adjectival Passive Ergative Verb 
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  • Kenneth Wexler

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