Brass tacks in linguistic theory: innate grammatical principles

Stephen Crain*, Andrea Gualmini, Paul Pietroski

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    This chapter presents detailed empirical work on several aspects of children's linguistic performance, focusing in particular on evidence that even two-year-old children understand that the meanings of determiners are 'conservative', that the meaning of natural language disjunction is 'inclusive-or', and that the structural notion of 'ccommand' governs a range of linguistic phenomena. This and other works are used to defend three related versions of the argument from the poverty of the stimulus, each of which strongly supports the existence of an innate language faculty.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe innate mind
    Subtitle of host publicationstructure and contents
    EditorsPeter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, Stephen Stich
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199869794
    ISBN (Print)9780195179675, 9780195179996
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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