First language acquisition, linguistic theory of

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    Abstract

    Chomsky's theory of Universal Grammar (UG) is introduced to explain children's rapid convergence on the grammar of their local language. A system of innate principles and parameters guides children's acquisition of language. Children are shown to misset certain parameters causing them to hypothesize properties not observed in the language of the community. Children's temporary missteps are put aright with input from the surrounding language. The misset parameters are predicted by the theory of UG but not anticipated by usage-based theories of language acquisition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences
    EditorsJames D Wright
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherElsevier
    Pages206-211
    Number of pages6
    Volume9
    Edition2nd
    ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
    ISBN (Print)9780080970868
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • disjunction
    • language acquisition
    • parameters
    • principles
    • semantic subset principle
    • structure dependence
    • universal grammar
    • usage-based theory
    • Wh-movement

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