Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus (Paperback)
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Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 31/12/2010
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This unique contribution to the ongoing discussion of language acquisition considers the Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus in language learning in the context of the wider debate over cognitive, computational, and linguistic issues. * Critically examines the Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus - the theory that the linguistic input which children receive is insufficient to explain the rich and rapid development of their knowledge of their first language(s) through general learning mechanisms * Focuses on formal learnability properties of the class of natural languages, considered from the perspective of several learning theoretic models * The only current book length study of arguments for the poverty of the stimulus which focuses on the computational learning theoretic aspects of the problem

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9781405187855
Number of pages: 272


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"This book is not only very pertinent, but also succeeds in eschewing most of the polemical excess that tends to engulf us all in this field It's not an easy book.. but I think it gives some sense of what the enterprise is about. Alex Clark describes it, at one point, as an exercise in clearing the ground - and it succeeds in sweeping away certain comfortable assumptions that are often made in this area, concerning (for instance) the irrelevance of negative evidence, what languages are provably unlearnable, and the role of the Chomsky hierarchy." (New Books in Language, 8 June 2012)

"Most of all, it challenges basic concepts in mainstream linguistics. It rejects key tenets of UG in the light of advances in machine learning theory, and research in the computational modelling of the language acquisition process. It exposes so-called proofs supporting the poverty of stimulus, and reveals alternatives that are formally more comprehensive than the explanations previously provided by UG theories, and empirically more likely to match natural language acquisition processes." (Linguist List, 2011)

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