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The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure: Animacy and Thematic Alignment: 141 (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Series Number 141)

The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure: Animacy and Thematic Alignment: 141 (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Series Number 141)

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Misha Becker
Cambridge University Press, 2014-04-03
EAN 9781107007840, ISBN10: 1107007844

Hardcover, 342 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

'This book is a major milestone for acquisition research in the 'strict' sense: what exactly does the adult know, and how do children acquire that knowledge? Becker is conversant with an unusually broad range of disciplines, including generative grammar, developmental psychology, and computational modeling. This enables her to support the book's central thesis - that children use animacy cues for detecting syntactic displacement - with strong, converging evidence from cross-linguistic comparisons, adult psycholinguistics, Bayesian models, transcripts of child-directed speech, and laboratory experiments with children.' William Snyder, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Connecticut