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ERIC Number: EJ799947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
The Acquisition of Inflection: A Parameter-Setting Approach
Hyams, Nina
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v15 n3 p192-209 Jul 2008
First written in 1986, prior to the many findings concerning the optionality of finiteness and the root infinitive phenomenon, this article attempts to extend the parameter-setting model of grammatical development to the acquisition of inflectional morphology. I propose that the Stem Parameter, which states that a stem is/is not a well-formed word in the language, is set early, and that a positive vs. negative setting directly affects the timing and manner in which children acquire inflectional morphemes. Related to this, I propose that the distinction between core and peripheral grammar (Chomsky (1981)) provides a complexity metric for grammatical development. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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