Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Paperback | May 30, 2015

EditorMassimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Robert C. Berwick

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This book addresses one of the most famous and controversial arguments in the study of language and mind, the Poverty of the Stimulus. Presented by Chomsky in 1968, the argument holds that children do not receive enough evidence to infer the existence of core aspects of language, such as thedependence of linguistic rules on hierarchical phrase structure. The argument strikes against empiricist accounts of language acquisition and supports the conclusion that knowledge of some aspects of grammar must be innate. In the first part of Rich Languages from Poor Inputs, contributors consider the general issues around the Poverty of the Stimulus argument, review the empirical data, and offer new and plausible explanations. This is followed by a discussion of the processes of language acquisition, and observed"gaps" between adult and child grammar, concentrating on the late spontaneous acqquisition by children of some key syntactic principles, mainly, though not exclusively, between the ages of 5 and 9. The last part of the book widens the horizon beyond language acquisition in the narrow sense,examining the natural development of reading and writing and of the child's growing sensitivity for the fine arts.

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This book addresses one of the most famous and controversial arguments in the study of language and mind, the Poverty of the Stimulus. Presented by Chomsky in 1968, the argument holds that children do not receive enough evidence to infer the existence of core aspects of language, such as thedependence of linguistic rules on hierarchica...

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini is Professor Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona and a member of the Department of Linguistics, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Department of Psychology. In October 1975 he organized the encounter between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky and in 1980 edited the proceedings Language and Learning...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:May 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini and Robert C Berwick: IntroductionPart 1: Poverty of the Stimulus and Modularity Revisited2. Robert C. Berwick, Noam Chomsky, and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini: Poverty of the Stimulus stands: Why recent challenges fail3. Xuan-Nga Cao Kam and Janet Dean Fodor: Children's acquisition of syntax: Simple models are too simple4. Noam Chomsky: Poverty of the Stimulus: Willingness to be puzzled5. Susan Curtiss: Revisiting modularity: Using language as a window to the mind6. Lila Gleitman and Barbara Landau: Every child an isolate: Nature's experiments in language learningPart 2: Discrepancies Between Child Grammar and Adult Grammar7. Jean-Remy Hochman and Jacques Mehler: Recent findings About language acquisition8. Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi: Ways of avoiding intervention: Some thoughts on the development of object relatives, passive, and control9. Itziar Laka: Merging from the temporal input: On subject-object asymmetries and an ergative language10. Ken Wexler: Tough-movement developmental delay: Another effect of phasal computation11. Julie Anne Legate and Charles Yang: Assessing child and adult grammar12. Thomas G. Bever: Three aspects of the relation between lexical and syntactic knowledgePart 3: Broadening the Picture: Spelling andRreading13. Charles Read and Rebecca Treiman: Children's invented spelling: What we have learned in forty years14. Stephanie Gottwald and Maryane Wolf: How insights into child language changed the development of written language15. Wayne O'Neil: The phonology of invented spelling16. Merryl Goldberg: The arts as language: Invention, identity, and learningReferencesIndex