Acquiring the Correct Settings on the Null Argument Parameters
In a principles-and-parameters approach to language acquisition, as described in Chapter One, it is argued that children come to the task of language learning with certain innate language-universal principles that restrict the possible grammars constructed, and other language-specific parameters to be set in accordance with the syntactic constructions which the child hears as primary language data (e.g. Chomsky 1981, Lightfoot 1982). Under such an approach, the task of learning syntax, which would otherwise be quite a formidable one, is reduced to setting a limited number of parameters on the basis of readily available data. How these data become available might influence the course of the acquisition of syntax.
KeywordsDeaf Child Null Subject Null Object Overt Pronoun Resumptive Pronoun
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.