ERIC Number: ED107155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Learning: Theoretic Foundations of Linguistic Universals. Social Science Working Paper No. 60.
Wexler, Kenneth; And Others
Some aspects of a theory of grammar are presented which derive from a formal theory of language acquisition. One aspect of the theory is a universal constraint on analyzability known as the Freezing Principle, which supplants a variety of constraints proposed in the literature. A second aspect of the theory is the Invariance Principle, a constraint on the relationship between semantic and syntactic structure that makes verifiable predictions of syntactic universals. The relationship between the notion of "explanatory adequacy" of a theory of grammar and the learnability of a class of transformational grammars is discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Irvine. School of Social Sciences.