Syntactic Theory and the Acquisition of English Syntax: The Nature of Early Child Grammars of English
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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- Draws data from a corpus of more that 100,000 spontaneous utterances to demonstrate that the fundamental characteristic of children's earliest structures is that they are essentially lexical and thematic in nature
- provides a unified account of a wide range of phenomena in early child English
- suggests a model of acquisition which is essentially maturational