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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.001.0001

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Brass Tacks in Linguistic Theory

Brass Tacks in Linguistic Theory

Innate Grammatical Principles

(p.175) 11 Brass Tacks in Linguistic Theory
The Innate Mind

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Andrea Gualmini

Paul Pietroski (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents detailed empirical work on several aspects of children's linguistic performance, focusing in particular on evidence that even two-year-old children understand that the meanings of determiners are ‘conservative’, that the meaning of natural language disjunction is ‘inclusive–or’, and that the structural notion of ‘c-command’ governs a range of linguistic phenomena. This and other works are used to defend three related versions of the argument from the poverty of the stimulus, each of which strongly supports the existence of an innate language faculty.

Keywords:   linguistic performance, children, determiners, conservative, natural language disjunction, inclusive, c–command

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