Introduction: Functional Categories and Verb Placement in Language Development

  • Jürgen M. Meisel
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 16)


Research investigating the development of early linguistic knowledge has been stimulated enormously, during the past decade, by recent versions of Generative Grammar. The Principles-and-Parameters framework of the theory of Universal Grammar (UG), as developed by Chomsky (1981) and others, has proved to be particularly useful for studies dealing with grammatical development. It allows for the formulation of more specific hypotheses than were possible in earlier models about what will be constant and what may be expected to vary in the course of language acquisition or of language change in history; see the papers in Roeper and Williams (eds.) (1987) and, more recently, the work by Lightfoot (1991) for examples illustrating this point.


Functional Category Language Acquisition Child Language Grammatical Development Small Clause 
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