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Title: Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus
Written By: Alexander Clark
Shalom Lappin

"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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1405187840
ISBN-13: 9781405187848
Pages: 272
Prices: U.S. $ 99.95