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Academic Paper

Title: Theory and predictions for the development of morphology and syntax: A Universal Grammar + statistics approach
Author: Lisa Pearl
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Morphology; Syntax
Abstract: The key aim of this special issue is to make developmental theory proposals concrete enough to evaluate with empirical data. With this in mind, I discuss proposals from the “Universal Grammar + statistics” (UG+stats) perspective for learning several morphology and syntax phenomena. I briefly review why UG has traditionally been part of many developmental theories of language, as well as common statistical learning approaches that are part of UG+stats proposals. I then discuss each morphology or syntax phenomenon in turn, giving an overview of relevant UG+stats proposals for that phenomenon, specific predictions made by each proposal, and what we currently know about how those predictions hold up. I conclude by briefly discussing where we seem to be when it comes to how well UG+stats proposals help us understand the development of morphology and syntax knowledge.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 48, Issue 5, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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