Child Language: The Parametric Approach

Paperback | June 21, 2007

byWilliam Snyder

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This is a systematic presentation of the parametric approach to child language. Linguistic theory seeks to specify the range of grammars permitted by the human language faculty and thereby to specify the child's "hypothesis space"during language acquisition. Theories of language variation havecentral implications for the study of child language, and vice versa. Yet the acquisitional predictions of such theories are seldom tested against attested data. This book aims to redress this neglect. It considers the nature of the information the child must acquire according to the variouslinguistic theories. In doing so it sets out in detail the practical aspects of acquisitional research, addresses the challenges of working with children of different ages, and shows how the resulting data can be used to test theories of grammatical variation. Particular topics examined in depthinclude the acquisition of syllable structure, empty categories, and wh-movement. The data sets on which the book draws are freely available to students and researchers via a website maintained by the author.The book is written for scholars and students of child language acquisition in linguistics, psychology, and cognitive science. It will be a valuable reference for researchers in child language acquisition in all fields.

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This is a systematic presentation of the parametric approach to child language. Linguistic theory seeks to specify the range of grammars permitted by the human language faculty and thereby to specify the child's "hypothesis space"during language acquisition. Theories of language variation havecentral implications for the study of child...

William Snyder is Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Connecticut, where he is also affiliated to the Department of Psychology. His interests are language acquisition, comparative morphology and syntax, and the syntax-semantics interface. His 1995 MIT PhD was Language Acquisition and Language Variation: The Role of Morph...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.55 inPublished:June 21, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199296707

ISBN - 13:9780199296705

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1. A Brief Introduction2. The View from Theoretical Syntax3. The View From Theoretical Phonology4. The View from Children's Spontaneous Speech5. Statistical Methods for Longitudinal Studies6. Experimental and Statistical Methods for Cross-sectional Studies7. Case Studies of the Parametric Approach8. Conclusion: Grammatical Conservatism and Cross-linguistic VariationReferencesIndex