The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar

Hardcover | January 21, 2017

EditorIan Roberts

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This handbook provides a critical guide to the most central proposition in modern linguistics: the notion, generally known as Universal Grammar, that a universal set of structural principles underlies the grammatical diversity of the world's languages. Part I considers the implications ofUniversal Grammar for philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, and examines the history of the theory. Part II focuses on linguistic theory, looking at topics such as explanatory adequacy and how phonology and semantics fit into Universal Grammar. Parts III and IV look respectively at theinsights derived from UG-inspired research on language acquisition, and at comparative syntax and language typology, while part V considers the evidence for Universal Grammar in phenomena such as creoles, language pathology, and sign language. The book will be a vital reference for linguists,philosophers, and cognitive scientists.

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This handbook provides a critical guide to the most central proposition in modern linguistics: the notion, generally known as Universal Grammar, that a universal set of structural principles underlies the grammatical diversity of the world's languages. Part I considers the implications ofUniversal Grammar for philosophy of mind and the...

Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, having previously held posts in Geneva, Bangor, and Stuttgart. He was president of Generative Linguistics of the Old World (GLOW) in 1993-2001, and of the Societas Linguistica Europaea in 2012-13. He is currently Principle Investigator on the European Research Coun...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:January 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of Figures and TablesList of AbbreviationsThe Contributors1. Ian Roberts: IntroductionPART I: Philosophical Background2. Wolfram Hinzen: Universal Grammar and Philosophy of Mind3. Peter Ludlow: Universal Grammar and Philosophy of Language4. John McGilvray: On the History of Universal GrammarPART II: Linguistic Theory5. Luigi Rizzi: The Concept of Explanatory Adequacy6. Terje Lohndal and Juan Uriagereka: Third-factor Explanations and Universal Grammar7. Frederick J. Newmeyer: Formal and Functional Explanation8. Brett Miller, Neil Myler, and Bert Vaux: Phonology in Universal Grammar9. George Tsoulas: Semantics in Universal GrammarPART III: Language Acquisition10. Howard Lasnik and Jeffrey L. Lidz: The Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus11. Janet Dean Fodor and William G. Sakas: Learnability12. Maria Teresa Guasti: First Language Acquisition13. Bonnie D. Schwartz and Rex A. Sprouse: The Role of Universal Grammar in Non-native Language AcquisitionPART IV: Comparative Syntax14. C.-T. James Huang and Ian Roberts: Principles and Parameters of Universal Grammar15. Anders Holmberg: Linguistic Typology16. Cristina Guardiano and Giuseppe Longobardi: Parameter Theory and Parametric ComparisonPART V: Wider Issues17. Enoch O. Aboh and Michel DeGraff: A Null Theory of Creole Formation Based on Universal Grammar18. Eric Fuss: Language Change19. Ianthi Tsimpli, Maria Kambanaros, and Kleanthes K. Grohmann: Language Pathology20. Carlo Cecchetto: The Syntax of Sign Language and Universal Grammar21. Bridget D. Samuels, Marc D. Hauser, and Cedric Boeckx: Looking for UG in Animals: A Case Study in PhonologyReferencesIndex