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Language Acquisition has been a much-disputed territory over which the conflicting claims of cognitive scientists, psychologists and linguists have lengthy been fought. whereas for years each one self-discipline has saved inside of its personal theoretical frameworks, a fruitful contemporary improvement has been the rise in cross-disciplinary fertilisation of rules among researchers of alternative orientations. it really is during this spirit of collaboration that the GALA meetings on Language Acquisition have taken off. the purpose of GALA '97 used to be to extra advertise cross-fertilisation around the varied disciplines. The convention used to be an overpowering luck and this quantity displays either the eminence of the invited audio system and the richness of present debate. proposing present state of the art study, the publication totally illustrates the fruitfulness of the convergence of endeavours among researchers of other orientations. Containing a helpful introductory bankruptcy from the editors that units out the theoretical alterations and standpoints on basic questions in language acquisition, the publication offers 8 papers in line with the plenary lectures given on the convention. With contributions from significant figures within the box, the publication addresses the total variety of center concerns in Language Acquisition from the several viewpoints (lexical-semantic thought, generative grammar, optimality conception, experimental speech conception, computational modelling).

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In: P. Fletcher and B. ), 36-72. Powers, S. and D. Lebeaux, 1998. More data on DP acquisition. In: N. Dittmar and Z. ), Issues in the theory of language acquisition, 37-76. Bern: Lang. Prince, A. and P. Smolensky, 1993. Optimality Theory: Constraint interaction in generative grammar. Technical Report RuCCS TR-2, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (to appear, MIT Press). Prasada, S. and S. Pinker, 1993. Generalization of regular and irregular morphological patterns. Language and Cognitive Processes 8, 1-56.

Wexler and Hamburger concluded that the lack of negative evidence made even more necessary the conclusion that there must be innate specification of some linguistic structures, a conclusion since widely (but not universally) adopted. But VEPS provides an even stronger result. Namely, if VEPS is true, then children have learned the correct values of parameters before they illustrate these values in their productions. Thus it is logically impossible for them to have used negative information as part of the evidence for setting parameters.

85-120. This page intentionally left blank Lingua ELSEVIER Lingua 106 (1998) 23-79 Very early parameter setting and the unique checking constraint: A new explanation of the optional infinitive stage^ Ken Wexler* Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. MIT E10-20, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA Abstract This paper argues that the traditional view of experience-dependent properties (learned properties) of language as developing late and non-experience-dependent properties as developing early is in fact often wrong.

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