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Author: Hyams, N.
Title: Language Acquisition and the Theory of Parameters
Date: 1986 Dordrecht, Holland
Publisher: Reidel Publishing
Nina Hyams describes a theory of syntactic knowledge that is innate to humanity. The innateness theories arise from observed universals in languages that appear to have been developed wholly independently. The parameters that are inherited have different possible predetermined values that are triggered by cues learned in early childhood. The bases of the universals, however, are mathematical formulae that may or may not be appropriate for human language.
natural language
syntax
linguistic strata

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