Chapter 6. Input and the Acquisition of Language: Three Questions

  1. Erika Hoff and
  2. Marilyn Shatz
  1. Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole and
  2. Erika Hoff

Published Online: 28 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470757833.ch6

Blackwell Handbook of Language Development

Blackwell Handbook of Language Development

How to Cite

Gathercole, V. C. M. and Hoff, E. (2007) Input and the Acquisition of Language: Three Questions, in Blackwell Handbook of Language Development (eds E. Hoff and M. Shatz), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470757833.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405132534

Online ISBN: 9780470757833

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Keywords:

  • language acqusition;
  • grammar;
  • linguistic knowledge;
  • universal grammar (UG);
  • distributional learning

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Q1: What is the nature of the input, and what information about the grammar can the child extract from it?

  • Q2: Does input control either the sequence in which or the speed with which children construct the grammar?

  • Q3: Is the input alone sufficient to explain the child's construction of the grammar, or do other factors contribute to the process of acquisition; if so, how do these interact with the input?

  • Conclusion