Bilingual Selection of Syntactic Knowledge: Extending the Principles and Parameters Approach / Edition 1

Bilingual Selection of Syntactic Knowledge: Extending the Principles and Parameters Approach / Edition 1

by Teresa Satterfield
ISBN-10:
0792386493
ISBN-13:
9780792386490
Pub. Date:
10/31/1999
Publisher:
Springer US

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Bilingual Selection of Syntactic Knowledge: Extending the Principles and Parameters Approach / Edition 1

Bilingual Selection of Syntactic Knowledge motivates a more formal approach in theoretical linguistics by investigating the parameters of syntactic variation and simultaneous acquisition of multiple languages. Taking the behavior of the Null Subject Parameter (NSP) across languages as an illustration, the book raises important questions concerning the adequacy of standard parameter-setting models in the face of compelling evidence from both mono- and bilingual child speech data.
Teresa Satterfield argues convincingly that so-called 'universal' premises guiding well-known parametric approaches greatly complicate attempts to construct an economical bilingual analysis. Further, she demonstrates the compatibility of more recent formulations in linguistic theory (i.e. the Minimalist Program) and studies on language learnability (Clark, 1992, 1993; Kapur, 1994) which present the view that while initially convincing, standard parameter models are potentially costly and less than effective in terms of monolinguals as well.
Using Clark's application of the Genetic Algorithm as a point of departure, Bilingual Selection of Syntactic Knowledge describes a number of computational simulations. These simulations not only demonstrate the robustness of the GA-as-language-learner, they offer a more detailed account of the parameter-setting task confronting the bilingual child while also making more precise predictions regarding the process of syntactic knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792386490
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 10/31/1999
Edition description: 1999
Pages: 167
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Background for Research. 3. Genetic Algorithms and Language Learning Models. 4. Analysis of Null Subjects. 5. Demonstrations. 6. Discussion and Conclusions. Appendix: Bilingual Model Code. Bibliography. Index.

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