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On the Acquisition of Functional Categories: A General Commentary

  • Jill De Villiers
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 16)

Abstract

In the present volume, opinions are represented covering virtually every possibility for the acquisition of functional categories in child language. Some (Radford, Platzack) argue that the early stages are characterized by the absence of all functional projections, with early grammars containing just thematic-lexical categories. At the other extreme are those who argue for initially complete “skeletons” of phrase structure, clothed in null elements (Valian, Hyams, Verrips and Weissenborn).

Keywords

Functional Category Relative Clause Language Acquisition Embed Clause Matrix Clause 
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