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Title: Language acquisition without an acquisition device
Author: William O'Grady
Institution: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Abstract: Most explanatory work on first and second language learning assumes the primacy of the acquisition phenomenon itself, and a good deal of work has been devoted to the search for an ‘acquisition device’ that is specific to humans, and perhaps even to language. I will consider the possibility that this strategy is misguided and that language acquisition is a secondary effect of processing amelioration: attempts by the processor to facilitate its own functioning by developing routines of particular sorts.

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