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Query Details

Query Subject:   Optimality and Syntax Acquisition
Author:   Erica Thrift
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax
Language Acquisition

Query:   Tue, 27 Jan 1998 13:37:56 +0100 (MET)
Erica Thrift
Optimality and Syntax Acquisition

I am interested in doing some research in the area of optimality
theory and the acquisition of syntax (first language). Up until now I
have not been able to find anything on OT and syntax acquisition, so I
was wondering if anyone else did (or knows of any work in progress). In
particular, I want to look at the theoretical implications of OT syntax
for first language acquisition, but anything about OT and syntx
acquisition would do. Please email me at: ke.thrift@let.uva.nl

Thanks very much!
Erica Thrift

Erica Thrift
HIL/University of Amsterdam
Spuistraat 134, Office 320
1012 VT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 020 525 4635
Email: ke.thrift@let.uva.nl
LL Issue: 9.122
Date posted: 27-Jan-1998


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