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Hicks, Glyn; Domínguez, Laura – Second Language Research, 2020
This article proposes a formal model of the human language faculty that accommodates the possibility of 'attrition' (modification or loss) of morphosyntactic properties in a first language. Modeling L1 grammatical attrition entails a quite fundamental paradox: if the structure of the language faculty in principle allows for attrition of…
Descriptors: Grammar, Native Language, Language Skill Attrition, Models
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Rothman, Jason; Slabakova, Roumyana – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This article has two main goals. The first is to summarize and comment on the current state of affairs of generative approaches to SLA (GenSLA), 35 years into its history. This discussion brings the readership of SSLA up to date on the questions driving GenSLA agendas and clears up misconceptions about what GenSLA does and does not endeavor to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Research, Misconceptions, Research Methodology
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Yang, Charles – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
I review the classic literature in generative grammar and Marr's three-level program for cognitive science to defend the Evaluation Metric as a psychological theory of language learning. Focusing on well-established facts of language variation, change, and use, I argue that optimal statistical principles embodied in Bayesian inference models are…
Descriptors: Language Research, Generative Grammar, Language Acquisition, Cognitive Science
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Zyzik, Eve – Second Language Research, 2017
The extensive literature on subject expression in Spanish makes for rich comparisons between generative (formal) and usage-based (functional) approaches to language acquisition. This article explores how the problem of subject expression has been conceptualized within each research tradition, as well as unanswered questions that both approaches…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Syntax
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Yang, Charles; Montrul, Silvina – Second Language Research, 2017
We study the learnability problem concerning the dative alternations in English (Baker, 1979; Pinker, 1989). We consider how first language learners productively apply the double-object and to-dative constructions ("give the book to library"/"give the library the book"), while excluding negative exceptions ("donate the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Databases, Linguistic Input
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Jackendoff, Ray – Cognitive Science, 2017
Formal theories of mental representation have receded from the importance they had in the early days of cognitive science. I argue that such theories are crucial in any mental domain, not just for their own sake, but to guide experimental inquiry, as well as to integrate the domain into the mind as a whole. To illustrate the criteria of adequacy…
Descriptors: Cognitive Science, Comparative Analysis, Linguistic Theory, Generative Grammar
Morgan, Emily Ida Popper – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The ability to generate novel utterances compositionally using generative knowledge is a hallmark property of human language. At the same time, languages contain non-compositional or idiosyncratic items, such as irregular verbs, idioms, etc. This dissertation asks how and why language achieves a balance between these two systems--generative and…
Descriptors: Generative Grammar, Phonology, Semantics, Diachronic Linguistics
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Mete, Filiz – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2016
This study aims to investigate the structure according to the order of the elements in the Turkish sentence and to determine the possible sentences that are produced according to this structure. In order to examine the possible sentences, the question raised is: "How many possible canonical clauses (regular), inverted sentences (irregular)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sentence Structure, Turkish, Sentences
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Tatsumi, Tomoko; Pine, Julian M. – Journal of Child Language, 2016
The present study investigated children's early use of verb inflection in Japanese by comparing a generativist account, which predicts that the past tense will have a special default-like status for the child during the early stages, with a constructivist input-driven account, which assumes that children's acquisition and use of inflectional forms…
Descriptors: Japanese, Child Language, Generative Grammar, Constructivism (Learning)
Cole, Douglas James – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This dissertation is an investigation of serial verb constructions in Lao (Tai-Kadai, SVO) and the events that they encode. Serial verb constructions (SVCs), structures where multiple verbs appear in a single clause, raise several important questions for syntactic theory. One issue is how the verbs are related; proposals involving coordination…
Descriptors: Sino Tibetan Languages, Verbs, Language Patterns, Syntax
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Pearl, Lisa – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
Generative approaches to language have long recognized the natural link between theories of knowledge representation and theories of knowledge acquisition. The basic idea is that the knowledge representations provided by Universal Grammar enable children to acquire language as reliably as they do because these representations highlight the…
Descriptors: Generative Grammar, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory, Computational Linguistics
Yang, Yezhou – ProQuest LLC, 2015
Modern intelligent agents will need to learn the actions that humans perform. They will need to recognize these actions when they see them and they will need to perform these actions themselves. We want to propose a cognitive system that interprets human manipulation actions from perceptual information (image and depth data) and consists of…
Descriptors: Observation, Object Manipulation, Perceptual Motor Coordination, Semantics
Ferrazzano, Lisa Reisig – ProQuest LLC, 2013
There is significant variation in the literature on how demonstratives are characterized semantically, leading to divergent syntactic analyses of demonstratives. A major source of this disagreement regards how distance specifications relate to the demonstrative: whether [+/- speaker] is an integral property of the demonstrative or not. I argue…
Descriptors: Grammar, Generative Grammar, Semantics, Form Classes (Languages)
Abel, Alyson D. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Children must acquire multiple language dimensions to ultimately achieve adult levels of language competence. Two such language dimensions, finiteness marking and the verb lexicon, are considered areas of weakness in specific language impairment (SLI). Given these weaknesses, the question arises of whether these two dimensions are related in…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Language Impairments, Verbs, Familiarity
Bloomfield, Tiffany Corinna – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Among known communication systems, human language alone exhibits open-ended productivity of meaning. Interest in the psychological mechanisms supporting this ability, and their evolutionary origins, has resurged following the suggestion that the only uniquely human ability underlying language is a mechanism of recursion. This "Unique…
Descriptors: Animals, Communication Strategies, Generative Grammar, Psycholinguistics
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