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What's Within?Nativism Reconsidered$
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Fiona Cowie

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.001.0001

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The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition

The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition

(p.204) 9 The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition
What's Within?

Fiona Cowie

Oxford University Press

The author is able to point out the weak points of the a posteriori argument from the poverty of the stimulus (APS) through drawing attention to how such is not able to supply empirical support for their claims regarding types of available linguistic evidence and how the credibility of the APS is undermined by how nativists rely on unsupported intuitions about children's knowledge. Also, the author gives focus to how the APS provided an evaluation regarding the possible empiricist explanation of how children may learn language from available data. The APS was not able to fully make use of the resources which are available to the empiricist learner, and also attributed too much value to the difficulties that an empiricist learner may encounter in learning about rules of syntax. This chapter thus takes on the argument of the “Logical Problem of Language Acquisition.”

Keywords:   a posteriori, APS, children, nativist, knowledge, language, empiricist learner, language acquisition

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