Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of Argument Structure

Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of Argument Structure

by Steven Pinker
     
 

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When children learn a language, they soon are able to make surprisingly subtle distinctions: 'donate them a book' sounds odd, for example, even though 'give them a book' is perfectly natural. How can this happen, given that children do not confine themselves to the sentence types they hear and that they are seldom corrected when they speak ungrammatically? Steven

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When children learn a language, they soon are able to make surprisingly subtle distinctions: 'donate them a book' sounds odd, for example, even though 'give them a book' is perfectly natural. How can this happen, given that children do not confine themselves to the sentence types they hear and that they are seldom corrected when they speak ungrammatically? Steven Pinker resolves the paradox in this book, presenting detailed theory of how children acquire argument structure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262161114
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Series:
Learning, Development and Conceptual Change Series
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.21(d)

What People are saying about this

Times Higher Education Supplement - Paul Fletcher
The author's arguments are never less than impressive, and sometimes irresistible, such is the force and panache with which they are deployed.

Lila Gleitman
Learnability and Cognition is theoretically a big advance, beautifully reasoned, and a goldmine of information.

Ray Jackendoff
A monumental study that sets a new standard for work on learnability.

From the Publisher
"A monumental study that sets a new standard for work on learnability." —Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University

"The author's arguments are never less than impressive, and sometimes irresistible, such is the force and panache with which they are deployed." — PaulFletcher, Times Higher Education Supplement

" Learnability and Cognition is theoretically a big advance,beautifully reasoned, and a goldmine of information." — Lila Gleitman,University of Pennsylvania

Meet the Author

Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. His books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works,The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of Our Nature have won numerous prizes.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
September 18, 1954
Place of Birth:
Montreal, Canada
Education:
B.A., McGill University, 1976; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1979
Website:
http://stevenpinker.com/

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