Chapter 6. All Roads Lead to Universal Grammar

  1. Cedric Boeckx

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch6

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

How to Cite

Boeckx, C. (2009) All Roads Lead to Universal Grammar, in Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405158817

Online ISBN: 9781444310047

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Keywords:

  • roads leading to Universal Grammar;
  • learning language, easy and language being what humans are born with;
  • theory of mind or mindreading;
  • data input and data intake;
  • irregular past-tense forms - bring, teach, seek, catch, think, and buy;
  • cue-based learning - without a doubt, safest parameter-setting method;
  • cue and child's linguistic capacity being mature enough;
  • Fodor's model - emphasizing frequency;
  • navigating the linguistic space;
  • the language acquisition task - closely resembling a treasure hunt

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Parameters Are Just a Start

  • More Innateness Is Needed

  • Navigating the Linguistic Space