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215: Linguistic book (Michel DeGraff ed.) (fwd)

From: Emmanuel W. Vedrine <evedrine@hotmail.com>

(Creolization, Diachrony, and Development)
ISBN 0-262-04168-5

by Michel DeGraff (ed.)

The MIT Press

Research on creolization, language change, and language acquisition has been 
converging toward a triangulation of the constraints along which grammatical 
systems develop within individual speakers--and (viewed externally) across 
generations of speakers. The originality of this volume is in its comparison 
of various sorts of language development from a number of 
linguistic-theoretic and empirical perspectives, using data from both speech 
and gestural modalities and from a diversity of acquisition environments. In 
turn, this comparison yields fresh insights on the mental bases of language 

The book is organized into five parts: creolization and acquisition; 
acquisition under exceptional circumstances; language processing and 
syntactic change; parameter setting in acquisition and through creolization 
and language change; and a concluding part integrating the contributors' 
observations and proposals into a series of commentaries on the state of the 
art in our understanding of language development, its role in creolization 
and diachrony, and implications for linguistic theory.

Contributors: Dany Adone, Derek Bickerton, Adrienne Bruyn, Marie Coppola, 
Michel DeGraff, Viviane Déprez, Alison Henry, Judy Kegl, David Lightfoot, 
John S. Lumsden, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Pieter Muysken, Elissa L. Newport, 
Luigi Rizzi, Ian Roberts, Ann Senghas, Rex A. Sprouse, Denise Tangney, Anne 
Vainikka, Barbara S. Vance, Maaike Verrips.

CONTACT: Mina Kumar (617) 625-6660, mckumar@mit.edu

Michel DeGraff is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology

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