Modern linguistic theory has been based on the promise of explaining how language acquisition can occur so rapidly with such subtlety, and with both surprising uniformity and diversity across languages. This handbook provides a summary and assessment of how far that promise has been fulfilled, exploring core concepts in acquisition theory, including notions of the initial state, parameters, triggering theory, the role of competition and frequency, and many others, across a variety of syntactic topics that have formed the central domains of investigation and debate. These topics are treated from the unique perspective of central actors in each domain who have helped shape the research agenda. The authors have presented a summary of the data, the theories under discussion, and their own best assessments of where each domain stands. Providing as well the agenda for future work in the field showing both particular needs and general directions that should be pursued in the coming decades.
Number of pages: 404
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 21 mm
Edition: 2011 ed.
From the reviews:
"Reasons for wanting to read a handbook include looking for shortcuts to literature reviews, wanting to see what has changed in a field that is not currently a focus of one's personal research, and wanting to find snapshots of important issues for presentation to students. This volume succeeds in providing material that supports all of these goals." (Susan Foster-Cohen, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Vol. 34 (4), December, 2012)
"This handbook is the newest in line on First Language Acquisition (FLA), with nine chapters ... on major topics in FLA. ... the chapters are authoritative, well written, easy to follow and fit well with each other. ... the book is most useful for graduate students and researchers ... . Overall, this handbook is an excellent resource for those who wish to understand the core issues surrounding language acquisition from the point of view of the generative paradigm." (Darcy Sperlich, The Linguist List, February, 2012)
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