Children’s Command of Negation


For learning: English

Base language: English


Rating 5.0 (1 WK096)
SF038 49
WK019 881
Created Oct 27, 2008
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  • acquisition
  • Advance
  • children
  • chomsky
  • Grammar
  • language
  • linguistics
  • nativist
  • paper
  • research
  • theory
  • universal

This is a Ph.D. research paper for advanced graduate students only.

Introduction: Poverty-of-stimulus arguments have taken new ground recently, augmented by experimental findings from the study of child language. In this paper, we briefly review two variants of the poverty-of-stimulus argument that have received empirical support from studies of child language; then we examine a third argument of this kind in more detail. The case under discussion involves the structural notion of c-command as it pertains to children’s interpretation of disjunction in the scope of negation.