2. Clarifying the Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus

  1. Alexander Clark and
  2. Shalom Lappin

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch2

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) Clarifying the Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus, in Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch2

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187848

Online ISBN: 9781444390568

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Keywords:

  • clarifying the argument - from the poverty of the stimulus;
  • linguistic nativism, the first argument advanced motivating it - the Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus (APS);
  • language acquisition, child's discovery of what from a formal point of view - is a deep and abstract theory, generative grammar of his language;
  • Chomsky, invoking the APS to specify - an agenda for the theory of grammar;
  • linguists, storing data and test predictions on powerful computers;
  • theory-internal version of APS - a particular theory, not learnable through domain-general induction by virtue of theory's formal properties;
  • classic version of the APS, on a purported lacunae - positive evidence of PLD, particular property of grammar;
  • Legate and Yang (2002) (L&Y) - shifting focus of argument;
  • quantifiers and determiners, occurring with very high frequency - in child-directed speech;
  • learning theory and indispensable data - Pullum and Scholz's calling this as Indispensability Argument

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Formulating the APS

  • Empiricist Learning versus Nativist Learning

  • Our Version of the APS

  • A Theory-Internal APS

  • Evidence for the APS: Auxiliary Inversion as a Paradigm Case

  • Debate on the PLD

  • Learning Theory and Indispensable Data

  • A Second Empirical Case: Anaphoric One

  • Summary and Conclusions