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Principles of Grammar and Learning






Publisher:  University of Chicago Press
Summary: Principles of Grammar and Learningis concerned with the nature of linguistic competence and with the cognitive structures underlying its acquisition and use. During the past several decades many linguists and psychologists have come to the conclusion that genetically determined categories and principles specific to language are needed to account for the form and acquisition of grammatical systems. William O'Grady arg...ues here for quite a different conclusion, proposing that adequate grammars can be constructed from a conceptual base not specific to language. To support this thesis, O'Grady develops a well-articulated, single level, categorial-type grammar that he uses to analyze syntactic categories, extraction, anaphora, extraposition, and quantifier placement in English and other languages. He shows that such grammars can be constructed via general learning strategies from notions such as dependency, adjacency, precedence, and continuity, and that the available acquisition data points to the emergence of the principles he proposes. While exploratory, this book provides one of the few serious attempts to develop a theory of grammar and learning that does not posit faculty-specific innate principles. Principles of Grammar and Learning is an exemplary attempt to bring together issues and data from syntactic theory, language acquisition, and the more general study of the human mind.

O'Grady, William D. is the author of Principles of Grammar and Learning, published under ISBN 9780226620749 and 0226620743. Two Principles of Grammar and Learning textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, one used from the cheapest price of $8.63, or buy new starting at $25.50.
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Principles of Grammar and Learning

ISBN-13: 9780226620749

ISBN: 0226620743

Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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