Download e-book for kindle: Universal grammar in child second language acquisition : by Usha Lakshmanan

By Usha Lakshmanan

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This e-book examines baby moment language acquisition in the ideas and Parameters concept of common Grammar (UG). in particular, the e-book makes a speciality of null-subjects within the constructing grammars of youngsters buying English as a moment language. The booklet presents facts from the longitudinal speech facts of 4 baby moment language (L2) newbies to be able to try out the predictions of a up to date conception of Read more...

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Download e-book for kindle: Universal grammar in child second language acquisition : by Usha Lakshmanan

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Come como una bestia eat-3rd per. sing, like a beast 'Eats like a beast' 32 UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR IN CHILD SLA Although the subject is not lexically realized, the sentence in (4a) can be interpreted as having a definite pronominal subject (pro ). Sentence (4a) is equivalent to (4b). 4b. El (ella) come como una bestia He (she) eats like a beast 'He (she) eats like a beast' In languages such as English and French, lexical subjects are obligatory. For example, the English equivalent for (4a) is ungrammatical.

Huang 1984). 5. This, of course, applies only to spoken French since in written French the inflectional endings are preserved. 6. Gass (personal communication) stated that the German data are problematic since it is not evident that (26a) and (26b) do indeed have null expletive subjects. It may be argued that both sentences have overt referential subjects. The subject in (26a) is the nominative 'ein Kind' and the subject in (26c) is the nominative 'ein mann'. Only in (26b), where 'Kind' takes the dative case, is there a null expletive subject.

Huang (1984) has stated that at LF, the interpretation of wh questions in Chinese and English are identical even though there is no wh movement at the level of syntax. 7. As Chomsky (1988) has stated, setting of parameters is only part of the process involved in language acquisition and does not account for how the peripheral aspects of language such as vocabulary items are acquired. 8. A child learning Chinese would not have any direct evidence about the nature of the representations at the level of Logical Form.

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