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ERIC Number: EJ831783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Putting Parameters in Their Proper Place
Montrul, Silvina; Yoon, James
Second Language Research, v25 n2 p291-311 2009
Seeing the logical problem of second language acquisition as that of primarily selecting and re-assembling bundles of features anew, Lardiere proposes to dispense with the deductive learning approach and its broad range of consequences subsumed under the concept of parameters. While we agree that feature assembly captures more precisely the complexity of the form--meaning mapping task in second language acquisition, we disagree with the dismissal of a parametric approach. We argue instead that the notion of parameter is not incompatible with feature assembly, if parameters and features are understood in a particular way. (Contains 17 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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