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LINGUIST List 22.654

Tue Feb 08 2011

Books: Cognitive Sci/Lang Acquisition/Philosophy of Lang: Clark, Lappin

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        1.     Katherine Ward , Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus: Clark, Lappin

Message 1: Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus: Clark, Lappin
Date: 27-Oct-2010
From: Katherine Ward <kwardwiley.com>
Subject: Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus: Clark, Lappin
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Title: Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus
Published: 2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
                http://www.wiley.com

Book URL: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405187840.html

Author: Alexander Clark
Author: Shalom Lappin
Hardback: ISBN: 1405187840 9781405187848 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 99.95
Abstract:

"Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus" explores the question
of how children acquire knowledge of their native language, one of the most
difficult and long-standing problems in cognitive science. For the past
fifty years linguistics and psychology have been dominated by the view that
the linguistic input which children receive is insufficient to explain the
rich and rapid development of their knowledge of their first language(s)
through general learning mechanisms. This view holds that humans have a
specialized, innate ability to learn language, which is species-specific.

Clark and Lappin critically examine different forms of the argument from
the poverty of the stimulus (APS) in connection with the architecture of
the mind, the evolution of language, and formal models of learning. With
cogent explanations of machine learning and computational complexity in
learning, The book argues that if we make realistic assumptions about the
way in which children actually learn their native language, then it is
possible to explain this process largely through general methods of
induction that extract structure and patterns from data across many
different kinds of information. The authors, one a computational linguist
and the other an expert in computational learning theory, have collaborated
to produce a work that will surely spark further debate and research.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Language Acquisition
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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