Choosing a Grammar

Learning paths and ambiguous evidence in the acquisition of syntax

| Ewha Womans University
ISBN 9789027257215 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265913 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book investigates the role that ambiguous evidence can play in the acquisition of syntax. To illustrate this, the book introduces a probabilistic learning model for syntactic parameters that learns a grammar of best fit to the learner’s evidence. The model is then applied to a range of cross-linguistic case studies – in Swiss German, Korean, and English – involving child errors, grammatical variability, and implicit negative evidence. Building on earlier work on language modeling, this book is unique for its focus on ambiguous evidence and its careful attention to the effects of parameters interacting with each other. This allows for a novel and principled account of several acquisition puzzles. With its inter-disciplinary approach, this book will be of broad interest to syntacticians, language acquisitionists, and cognitive scientists of language.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 238]  2017.  ix, 332 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The learning model
The acquisition of verb movement in Swiss German: Modeling child production errors and variability
Head-finality and verb movement in Korean: Modeling variability and non-variability across learners
The case of zero-derived causatives in English: Learning from implicit negative evidence
Learning biases
Final summary
Swiss German input types and corresponding compatible grammars
Additional evidence for a Root-selecting grammar in English?


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