ERIC Number: EJ1020506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
What Is a Rule of Grammar?
Second Language Research, v30 n1 p41-46 Jan 2014
This article offers commentary on the Multiple Grammars (MG) language acquisition theory proposed by Luiz Amaral and Tom Roeper in this issue. It argues that more precise definitions are needed for the terms "rule," "simple," and "productive." Topics discussed include Amaral and Roeper's verb second (V2) rule, the concept of optionality, and the effect prior language knowledge has on second language grammars. It addresses such problems as how to determine the correct level of analysis for deciding what a "rule of grammar" is, how "simple" it is, and whether rules and even features are exactly comparable cross-linguistically.
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Linguistic Theory, Language Research, Contrastive Linguistics, Definitions, Verbs, Criticism, Prior Learning, German, English, Transfer of Training
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