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Wed Jun 4 2003

Books: Language Acquisition: Ayoun

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  1. rwilson, Parameter Setting in Language Acquisition: Ayoun

Message 1: Parameter Setting in Language Acquisition: Ayoun

Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 06:34:26 +0000
From: rwilson <>
Subject: Parameter Setting in Language Acquisition: Ayoun

Title: Parameter Setting in Language Acquisition
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd		 
Author: Dalila Ayoun, University of Arizona 

Hardback: ISBN: 0826461883, Pages: 224, Price: �60.00

This book provides a broad overview of parameter-setting theory in
first and second language acquisition and refines parameter-setting
theory by revisiting and challenging the traditional assumptions that
underlie it, based on crosslinguistic language data covering a range
of syntactic and phonological phenomena. From an historical
perspective to parameter-setting theory to an introduction to its role
in computational linguistics, neuolinguistics, and language change,
the reader will find a critique of the most commonly made arguments,
as well as an index of all the syntactic, phonological, lexical and
morphological parameters presented to date in the literature. A closer
look at the theory itself adresses the following questions: what does
a parameter-setting approach to language acquisition entail? What are
the underpinnings of the theory? What issues and problems remain to be
solved? The empirical studies carried out to test the null subject
parameter and verb movement parameter are reviewed to re-examine
longstanding theoretical assumptions as well as the learnability
implications for first and second language acquisition.

Lingfield(s): Language Acquisition
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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