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Deriving linguistic variation from learnability conditions: The Chunking Procedure

Adriana Fasanella and Jordi Fortuny

in Rethinking Parameters

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190461737
eISBN:
9780190461768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461737.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter stresses that the central problem of parametric theory is Plato’s problem (how do humans learn a language?), whereas what we may call Greenberg’s problem (what is the shape and degree of ... More


Variation and change in languages

Meisel Jurgen M., Elsig Martin, and Rinke Esther

in Language Acquisition and Change: A Morphosyntactic Perspective

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748642250
eISBN:
9780748695157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642250.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter argues that variation is a constitutive property of language use; its study allows one to explain how grammars change over time. The present discussion is concerned with the latter ... More


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