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Title: Investigations in Universal Grammar: A Guide to Experiments on the Acquisition of Syntax and Semantics
Written By: Stephen Clain
Rosalind Jean Thornton
Series Title: Language, Speech, and Communication

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 childrens 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 childrens 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.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262531801
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360pp
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262032503
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 368pp
Prices: $60.00/#41.95