12. Conclusion

  1. Alexander Clark and
  2. Shalom Lappin

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch12

Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus

Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus

How to Cite

Clark, A. and Lappin, S. (2011) Conclusion, in Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187848

Online ISBN: 9781444390568



  • cognitive nativism, and the debate between rationalism and empiricism;
  • rationalists, identifying source of epistemically reliable knowledge;
  • three current views of language evolution - nativist side and adaptationist approach;
  • strong appeal of APS - in linguistics and cognitive science;
  • plausible weak bias learning, for acquisition - structure-dependent grammatical knowledge;
  • Clark and Eyraud's distributional learning algorithm - acquiring a CFG, correct rule of auxiliary fronting;
  • CHILDES corpus, and learning invoked - version of minimum description length applied to grammars;
  • child language learners - little access to negative evidence;
  • learning algorithms, adapting representations - studying impact of this additional information on learning;
  • ways to deal with complexity in learning - stratifying NP-hard classes, to identify their tractably learnable subsets


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Summary

  • Conclusions