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Basic Concepts of Linguistic Inquiry

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Department
Linguistics
Course
LIN 202
Professor
Preminger
Semester
Spring

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-Claim: infinite # of possible sentences -Proof: there is no longest sentence -You can always do something to make a sentence longer -Ex., if X is the longest sentence, “I don’t think that X.” -Each person has only heard a finite # of sentence -BUT infinite # of possible sentences we’ve never heard -Tacit ling. knowledge: why do we know some sentence is wrong? -Can’t be because we’ve never seen it before -Vast amt of knowledge of our lang. -Mostly we don’t know we have it -No explicit instruction -Goal of ling. theory: how’d we get it? -Properties of lang. acq. process -Kids acq. lang. very fast @ very early age -Critical period, age-wise -Poverty of stimulus -Little-to-no negative evidence (“here’s a sentence; we
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