Principles and Parameters Theory and Language Acquisition

@inproceedings{LilloMartin2011PrinciplesAP,
  title={Principles and Parameters Theory and Language Acquisition},
  author={Diane Lillo-Martin},
  year={2011}
}
The basic idea in PRINCIPLES AND PARAMETERS THEORY is to distinguish the invariants of human language (the principles) from the major points of crosslinguistic variation (the parameters). Both principles and parameters are taken to refl ect innately determined, biological characteristics of the human brain (see UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR). In the course of normal child development, howev er, the two diverge: The principles come to operate in much the same way in every child, with minimal sensitivity to… CONTINUE READING
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