The Acquisition of the Morphosyntax of Finite Verbs in English

  • Andrew Radford
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 16)


This paper is concerned with the acquisition of the morphosyntax of finite verbs by monolingual children acquiring British English as their first language. The primary data are drawn from a large naturalistic sample of more than 100,000 early child utterances (based on the corpus of 39 cross-sectional and 94 longitudinal studies described in Radford, 1990a:11-13). The theoretical framework used will be that of Government and Binding Theory (=GB), in the version outlined in Chomsky (1986), with modifications introduced by Abney (1987) and Pollock (1989). In order to clarify some of the descriptive assumptions made here, I shall beg in by providing a brief outline of the morphosyntax of finite verbs in adult English.


Language Acquisition Functional Head Lexical Category Finite Clause Finite Verb 
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