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Thu Dec 20 2012

Books: Rich Languages From Poor Inputs: Piattelli-Palmarini, Berwick (Eds)

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Date: 12-Dec-2012
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Subject: Rich Languages From Poor Inputs: Piattelli-Palmarini, Berwick (Eds)
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Title: Rich Languages From Poor InputsPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Oxford University Press http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199590339.do

Editor: Massimo Piattelli-PalmariniEditor: Robert C. Berwick

Hardback: ISBN: 9780199590339 Pages: 336 Price: U.K. £ 60.00

Abstract:

This book addresses one of the most famous and controversial arguments in thestudy of language and mind, the Poverty of the Stimulus. Presented by Chomskyin 1968, the argument holds that children do not receive enough evidence toinfer the existence of core aspects of language, such as the dependence oflinguistic rules on hierarchical phrase structure. The argument strikesagainst empiricist accounts of language acquisition and supports theconclusion that knowledge of some aspects of grammar must be innate. In thefirst part of Rich Grammars from Poor Inputs, contributors consider thegeneral issues around the POS argument, review the empirical data, and offernew and plausible explanations. This is followed by a discussion of the theprocesses of language acquisition, and observed 'gaps' between adult and childgrammar, concentrating on the late spontaneous acquisition by children of somekey syntactic principles, basically, though not exclusively, between the agesof 5 to 9. Part 3 widens the horizon beyond language acquisition in the narrowsense, examining the natural development of reading and writing and of thechild's growing sensitivity for the fine arts.



Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition Linguistic Theories Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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