LINGUIST List 9.1137

Tue Aug 11 1998

Books: Typology & Universals

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Universal Grammar

Message 1: Universal Grammar

Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 17:12:16 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Universal Grammar

The following is a book which readers of this list might find of
interest. For more information please visit

Investigations in Universal Grammar

A Guide to Experiments on the Acquisition of Syntax and Semantics

Stephen Crain and Rosalind Thornton

This introductory guide to language acquisition research is presented
within the framework of Universal Grammar, a theory of the human
faculty for language. The authors focus on two experimental techniques
for assessing children's linguistic competence: the Elicited
Production task, a production task, and the Truth Value Judgment task,
a comprehension task. Their methodologies are designed to overcome the
numerous obstacles to empirical investigation of children's language
competence. They produce research results that are more reproducible
and less likely to be dismissed as an artifact of improper
experimental procedure.

In the first section of the book, the authors examine the fundamental
assumptions that guide research in this area; they present both a
theory of linguistic competence and a model of language processing. In
the following two sections, they discuss in detail their two
experimental techniques.

Stephen Crain is Professor of Linguistics and Rosalind Thornton is
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, both at the University of Maryland
at College Park.

Language, Speech, and Communication Series
A Bradford Book
May 1998
7 x 10, 368 pp., 46 illus.
ISBN 0-262-03250-3

Jud Wolfskill 
Associate Publicist Phone: (617) 253-2079
MIT Press Fax: (617) 253-1709
Five Cambridge Center E-mail: 
Cambridge, MA 02142-1493 

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