9780631173861

Language Acquisition : A Linguistic Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631173861

  • ISBN10:

    0631173862

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1991-08-26
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

This text is an up-to-date introduction to language acquisition, designed to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in linguistics and cognitive science. It is the first language acquisition text to be written from the perspective of recent theoretical linguistics, and uses Chomskyan generative grammar as a framework for description. Taking models and analyses from generative phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, Professor Goodluck describes children's language acquisition using examples from a variety of languages. Further chapters take up central questions concerning cognitive mechanisms by which children process language and form rules, the nature of the input to the language learner, and the relation between language development and other aspects of cognitive development.The book is extensively illustrated with models and figures, and each chapter is followed by questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading. It also includes a full bibliography.

Author Biography

Helen Goodluck is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Linguistics and Language Acquisition
Knowledge of Language: Competence and Performance
Types of Linguistic Knowledge
The Projection Problem
Universal Grammar
Outline
Notes
Further Reading
Phonological Acquisition
Speech Sounds
How Sounds are Made
Features
Phonetics, Phonology and Language Variation
Categorical Perception in Adults and Infants
Early Speech Sounds
Feature Acquisition
Child Phonologies
Segmental Rules
Suprasegmentals
Problems and Ideas
Summary
Conclusions
Notes
Further Reading
Questions
Exercises
Morphological Development and Innovation
Types of Morphological Rules
A Morphological Model
Children's Knowledge of Level Ordering
Rule Use and Innovation
Problems and Unknowns
A Cross-Linguistic Perspective
Summary
Conclusions
Questions
Exercises
The Acquisition of Syntax
Syntactic Structures and Universal Grammar
Basic Syntax
Levels of Representation
Universal Grammar: Principles and Parameters
Modules of Government Binding Theory
Government Binding Theory and the Acquisition of Syntax
The Outer Course of Development
Early Syntax
Early Phrase Structure
Subjectless Sentences
Syntax in Pre-School Years
Children's Knowledge Of the Binding Theory
Bounding Theory and the Development of Movement
Children's Grammar of Control
Summary
Syntactic Development after Age Six
Syntactic Development: Some Popular Ideas Reconsidered
'Semantics First'
'Syntax is Late'
Summary
Conclusions
Notes
Further Reading
Questions
Exercises
Further Aspects of Syntactic and Semantic Development
The Auxiliary System of English
Auxiliary Verbs and Morphological Endings
Negation and "Do" Support'
A Syntactic Analysis
The Acquisition of Auxiliary Systems: Syntax
The Acquisition of Negation
An Aside on Developmental Orders and Individual Development
The Acquisition of Modality, Tense and Aspect
Modality
Tense and Aspect
The Development of Word Meanings
Word Meanings
The Semantic Feature Hypothesis
Challenges to the Semantic Feature Hypothesis
Quantification and Logical Form
Summary
Conclusions
Note
Further Reading
Questions
Exercises
Cognition, Environment and Language Learning
Innateness
Input and Errors
The Role of Universal Grammar in Language Development
Learnability and Acquisition Principles
Subjacency and Degree-n Learnability
The Subset Principle
Summary: Components of a Learning Model
Some Questions and Problems in Acquisition Theory
Markedness and Orders of Acquisition
Continuity or Maturation?
Parameter Setting vs. Hypothesis Testing
The Limits of the Linguistic Model: Lexical Learning
Motherese
Language Development and Cognitive Development
Specificity and the Logic of Learning
Constructivism and Developmental Orders
Summary
Conclusions
Notes
Further Reading
Questions
Exercises
Performance Development
Estimating Competence
Adult Processing Mechanisms
A Model
Grammar vs. General Knowledge and Strategies
Words-to-Message Processing
Children's Sentence Processing
On-line Computation of Syntactic Structure
Strategies and Children's Comprehension
Resolution Strategies
Discourse Integration
Summary
Conclusions
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