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An Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition

ISBN: 978-0-631-19536-8
448 pages
March 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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Written by two of the foremost researchers in the field, the book benefits from their insight into conceptual issues, their understanding of experimentation, and their own pioneering research.
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Part I: Linguistic Knowledge.

Part II: Constituent Structure.

Part III: Transformational Syntax.

Part IV: Universal Grammar in Visual Modality.

Part V: Semantics and Philosophy of Language.

References.
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Stephen Crain is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has written over sixty articles and is currently Associate Editor of two major journals in the field: Language Acquisition and Linguistics and Philosophy.

Diane Lillo-Martin is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She is the author of Language and Cognition: The View from Sign Language and Deafness (with Marschauk, Siple, Campbell, and Everhart, 1997) and Universal Grammar and American Sign Language: Setting the Null Argument Parameters, (1991).
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* As new aspects of theory are introduced the authors explore how well experimental findings square with the theory.
* Reviews the acquisition of semantic knowledge as another component of Universal Grammar.
* Uses evidence both from English and American Sign Language in exploring universals in acquisition.
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"It is perfect not just for courses in language acquisition, but more generally as an introduction to language for anyone interested in a psychological perspective. It presents generative grammar as a psychological model in a way that is both deep and easy for the student to understand." Juan Uriagereka, University of Maryland at College Park
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