Basic notions of general linguistics.
The purpose of this course is to inform the students on the techniques of analysis and the results obtained in the study of language acquisition and development. We will focus on acquisition studies which are guided by precise hypotheses of grammatical theory.
The experimental study of the initial cognitive state for language perception and production - the development of syntax approached from the viewpoint of the theory of parameters. Basic lines of theory of grammar.
Program for working students: Preparation of the entire textbook.
Guasti, Maria Teresa, Language Acquisition – The Growth of Grammar, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2002.
Class lectures and seminar.
The program consists in the notes of the course and in selected chapters of the textbook, which will be indicated in class.