ERIC Number: EJ831780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
On Parameters, Functional Categories and Features...and Why the Trees Shouldn't Prevent Us from Seeing the Forest...
Liceras, Juana M.
Second Language Research, v25 n2 p279-289 2009
The novelty of Lardiere's proposal does not reside in her so-called "rehabilitation" of Contrastive Analysis. In generative second language acquisition research, appeal to the best available analyses and descriptions of the languages under investigation has always been a top priority, whether the focus was parameters, functional categories or features. The novelty resides in her putting feature assembly at the forefront of the research agenda. However, arguing for feature assembly, Lardiere fails to highlight the validity and potential of constructs such as parameter-setting and feature selection, mainly because feature assembly cannot exist without feature selection, and because the deductive value of parameters can be enhanced by research meant to discover how features combine. (Contains 1 footnote and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Language Research, Second Language Learning, Contrastive Linguistics, Grammar, Linguistic Theory, Form Classes (Languages)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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