Born to Parse: How Children Select Their Languages

Authors: Lightfoot, David W.
Publisher: MIT Press
BISAC/Subject: SCI090000, LAN009040, LAN009020
ISBN: 9780262358873, Related ISBNs: 0262044099, 0262358875, 9780262044097, 9780262358873
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 210,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: An argument that children are born to assign structures to their ambient language, which feeds a view of language variation not based on parameters defined at UG.

In this book, David Lightfoot argues that just as some birds are born to chirp, humans are born to parse--predisposed to assign linguistic structures to their ambient external language. This approach to language acquisition makes two contributions to the development of Minimalist thinking.
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