Fragments Along the Way: Minimalism as an Account of Some Stages in First Language Acquisition

Helen Goodluck, Nina Kazanina

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Abstract

We discuss two instances in which the minimalist model of syntax offers a potential account of children's linguistic behavior: the Merge analysis of phrase structure and the analysis of pronominal structures and other long distance dependencies. In each case, we need to understand the relationship between performance mechanisms (the mechanisms for language production and comprehension) and the syntax on which these mechanisms draw.
Original languageEnglish
Article number584
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2020

Structured keywords

  • Cognitive Science
  • Language

Keywords

  • first language acquisition
  • minimalism
  • performance mechanisms
  • merge
  • pronoun interpretation
  • questions

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