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The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure: Animacy and Thematic Alignment (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics) Hardcover – 3 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107007844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107007840
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,667,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book is a major milestone for acquisition research in the 'strict' sense: what exactly does the adult know, and how do children acquire that knowledge? Becker is conversant with an unusually broad range of disciplines, including generative grammar, developmental psychology, and computational modeling. This enables her to support the book's central thesis - that children use animacy cues for detecting syntactic displacement - with strong, converging evidence from cross-linguistic comparisons, adult psycholinguistics, Bayesian models, transcripts of child-directed speech, and laboratory experiments with children.' William Snyder, University of Connecticut

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This book explains how children's early ability to distinguish between animate and inanimate nouns helps them acquire complex sentence structure. The theoretical claims of the book expand the well-known hypotheses of syntactic and semantic bootstrapping, resulting in greater coverage of the core principles of language acquisition.

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