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The Role of Universal Grammar in Language Learning

Cowie, Fiona (1999) The Role of Universal Grammar in Language Learning. In: What's Within? Nativism Reconsidered. Philosophy of Mind series. Oxford University Press , New York, pp. 239-275. ISBN 9780195123845.

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In contrast to what others may commonly believe, reflecting on the poverty of the stimulus does not sustain or reinforce the notion of learning a language within nativism. Also, although initially opposed, there are a lot more explanatory resources to empiricism than it is given credit for, particularly on issues regarding the domain-neutral mechanism for learning. While the enlightened empiricist would believe that the mechanism for language learning is general in purpose and that the theory choices of learners would be attributed to the knowledge about language that they have already obtained through experience, enlightened empiricism supports the nativist view that learning is restricted by task-specific knowledge and the constraints involved are not fixed. This chapter focuses on linguistics and examines how universal grammar is important in the processes involved in learning a language.

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Additional Information:c1999 Oxford University Press. Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011: DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0010.
Subject Keywords:Universal Grammar, UG, Language Acquisition, Language Learning, Innateness of Language
Series Name:Philosophy of Mind series
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Deposited By: Fiona Cowie
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