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Luis Eguren, Olga Fernandez-Soriano, and Amaya Mendikoetxea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190461737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461737.001.0001

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Deriving linguistic variation from learnability conditions

Deriving linguistic variation from learnability conditions

The Chunking Procedure

(p.105) Chapter 3 Deriving linguistic variation from learnability conditions
Rethinking Parameters

Adriana Fasanella

Jordi Fortuny

Oxford University Press

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 linguistic variability?) is derivative. The chapter reviews several macro- and microparameters and shows that they do not satisfy certain learnability conditions, whereby they are not plausible learning paths or plausible elements of UG. It explores a parametric approach, which conjoins a mechanism of data analysis parametrically defined (the Chunking Procedure), arguably used by the LAD to attain a morphological analysis of its PLD, and bootstrapping mechanisms that use the attained morphological analysis to specify more abstract syntactic properties of the target language, the clustering properties which standard parameters range over.

Keywords:   learnability conditions, morphological analysis of the Primary Linguistic Data, bootstrapping mechanisms, Language Acquisition Device, Chunking Procedure

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