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Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition

Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631195368

Cover of Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition 99 (ISBN 978-0631195368)
ISBN13: 978-0631195368
ISBN10: 063119536X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 1999
International: No

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Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631195368

Stephen Crain and Diane Lillo-Martin

ISBN13: 978-0631195368
ISBN10: 063119536X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Directed towards general introductory linguistics courses, as well as courses in language acquisition, this textbook introduces the fundamentals of syntax and semantics in generative grammar and applies them to the study of child language. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it represents the theory of Universal Grammar and shows how the theory has proved helpful in understanding the process of language acquisition.

Written by two of the foremost researchers in the field, the book benefits from their insight into conceptual issues, their understanding of experimentation, and their own pioneering research

Table of Contents

Unit A: Linguistic Knowledge: Introduction:

1. Introduction to Language Acquisition.
2. Knowledge in the Absence of Experience.
3. Stages of Language Acquisition.
4. Why Language Does Not Have to Be Taught.
5. Dispelling a Common-Sense Account.
6. Universal Grammar.
7. The Modularity Hypothesis.

Unit B: Constituent Structure: Introduction:

8. Phrase Structure.
9. Phrase Structure Rules and X-Theory.
10. Setting the X Parameters.
11. Phrasal Categories.
12. Ambiguity and Productivity.
13. Children's Knowledge of Phrase Structures.
14. Constraints on Reference.
15. Children's Knowledge of Constraints: Backwards Anaphora.

Unit C: Transformational Syntax: Introduction:

16. A Transformation Generating Yes/No Questions.
17. Children's Adherence to Structure Dependence.
18. WH-Movement.
19. Crosslinguistic Aspects of WH-Questions.
20. The Acquisition of WH-Questions.
21. Successive Cyclic Movement.
22. Successful Cyclic Movement.
23. A Constraint on Contraction.
24. Acquisition of Wanna Contraction.
25. Principle C in WH-Questions.
26. Acquisition of Strong Crossover.

Unit D: Universal Grammar in Visual Modality: Introduction:

27. The Structure of American Sign Language.
28. The Acquisition of ASL.
29. The Structure and Acquisition of WH-Questions in ASL.
30. Parameter Setting.
31. Modularity and Modality.

Unit E: Semantics and Philosophy of Language: Introduction:

32. Theories of Meaning.
33. Truth Conditional Semantics.
34. Compositionality I.
35. Compositionality II.
36. Intentional Semantics.
37. Learnability of Syntax and Semantics.
38. Acquisition of NPs with Modifiers.
39. Relative Clauses.
40. Universal Quantification.


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