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By Suzanne Flynn

ISBN-10: 9027723753

ISBN-13: 9789027723758

ISBN-10: 9400937474

ISBN-13: 9789400937475

Recent advancements in linguistic concept have resulted in an enormous reorientation of analysis in similar fields of linguistic inquiry in addition to in linguistics itself. The advancements i've got in brain, considered from the perspective of government-binding concept, need to do with the nature­ ization of common Grammar (UG) as a suite of subtheories, each one with its set of crucial rules (perhaps only one precept principal to every subtheory) and parameters (perhaps only one for every precept) in response to which a precept can differ among an unmarked ('-') and a marked ('+') para­ metric worth (Chomsky, 1985; 1986). for instance, allow us to suppose that there's an X-bar concept in clarification of these positive aspects of word constitution irreducible to different subtheo­ ries of UG. inside of X-bar conception edition between languages is then allowed basically with appreciate to the placement the pinnacle of a word occupies in rela t ion to its complemen ts such that the words of a language could be both correct- or left-headed. therefore languages will fluctuate among being right-headed during this admire (as in eastern word constitution) and being left-headed (as in English word structure). every thing else concerning the word constitution of specific languages might be fastened inside X-bar concept itself in any other case it is going to fallout from different subtheories of UG: Case concept; 0-theory, and so on. (Chomsky, 1985:161-62; Chomsky, 1986:2-4; and references brought up there). Hatters are an analogous in different modules of grammar.

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The resolution of these and other issues notwithstanding, I assume in this book that X-bar theory specifies the basic hierarchical structure in head-complement relations. I further assume that the term "head" can be used to refer beyond lexical categories in order to include constituents such as, INFL and COMP, as recently proposed by Chomsky, in structural configurations that mirror typical head-complement relations (cf. discussion in Lust & Mangione, 1983). In addition, I use the term "complement" to refer to some concatenation of ordinary syntactic categories in relation to a head in the sense defined above and not just to subcategorized complements as maintained in current theory (see related discussion in Jackendoff, 1977).

There is a logical possibility that an increase in memory may in fact mean that L2 learning proceeds piece by piece. There is much evidence available, however, tha t sugges ts tha t L2 learning may in fact be like L1 vis-a-vis the poverty of stimulus argument and the relationship of the input to the output (see review in Hatch, 1983; Yim, 1984). 4 It is somewhat artificial to divide the discussion of CC into an elucidation of the psychological and linguistic foundations. Burt and Dulay intended CC to be consistent with a generative theory of UG.

The range of work considered above is not meant to be exhaustive but rather to show how, in order to develop principled theories of L2 acquisition, claims must be articulated in such a way that they can be precisely and empirically tested. 4. PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS Ye have seen that, by examining in detail two of the most well-developed theories of adult L2 acquisition, we can isolate precisely how each has failed, both empirically and TRADITIONAL THEORIES OF L2 ACQUISITION 29 theoretically, to provide an explanatory theory of adult L2 acquisition.

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