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Booktitle:

A Minimalist Model of Language Acquisition

Economical Parameter Setting in SLA: Japanese Speaking Learners of English

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-06-17 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-14954-8

ISBN-10:
3639149548
EAN:
9783639149548
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
This monograph develops a ‘weak deterministic’ model of language acquisition that can accommodate first language (L1) acquisition, language change, and second language (L2) acquisition: namely the Economical Parameter-Setting model. This model is achieved by adopting the notion of economy employed in the theory of Universal Grammar (UG) developed in the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995) and by modifying a pre-minimalist model of language learnability and language change developed by Clark and Roberts (1993). The main claims are that the processes of L1 acquisition and L2 acquisition are governed by the same economy principles and that the differences lie neither in different governing properties of the acquisition processes nor in different degrees of UG availability, but in factors that cause the divergence of parameter-settings from the input setting. The proposed causal factors are twofold: (i) particular variabilities of the input caused by L2 learning environments and (ii) the L1 lexicon. These factors contribute to an increased obscurity and ambiguity of the parameter settings embodied in the input.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Hyun Kyung Bong
Number of pages:
288
Published at:
2009-06-17
Stock:
Available
Category:
Language and literature science
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition, minimalist approach, Economical Parameter-Setting model, Japanese, English, Weak Deterministic Model, Economical Parameter-Setting model

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