An Introduction to English Sentence Structure by Andrew Radford

By Andrew Radford

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For a technical account of language acquisition within the framework used here, see Guasti (2002) and Lust (2006). e. ‘basic’, ‘normal’ or ‘underlying’) word order found in particular types of structure in a given language. e. preposed) and thereby be moved out of their canonical position into some new position at the front of a particular phrase, clause or sentence. For example, in a head-first language like English, both main and auxiliary verbs immediately precede their complements. Accordingly, in a sentence like John has gone home, the verb gone immediately precedes its complement home, and the auxiliary has immediately precedes its complement gone home.

The central task which the child faces in acquiring a language is to construct a grammar of the language. The innate Language Faculty incorporates (i) a set of universal grammatical principles, and (ii) a set of grammatical parameters which impose severe constraints on the range of grammatical variation permitted in natural languages (perhaps limiting variation to binary choices). e. determining an appropriate setting for each of the relevant grammatical parameters). For obvious reasons, the theory outlined here (developed by Chomsky at the beginning of the 1980s) is known as Principlesand-Parameters Theory/PPT.

Truncation is also found in abbreviated written styles of English: for example, a diary entry might read Went to a party. Had a great time. Got totally smashed (with the subject I being truncated in each of the three sentences). g. , we can’t truncate them in What are you doing tonight? ) since here are and you are preceded by what and hence occur in the middle of the sentence. e. a language which allows the kind of finite null ‘little pro’ subjects found in Italian), you have to bear in mind the alternative possibility that the null subjects used by Lucy may represent one or more of the three kinds of null subject permitted in adult English (viz.

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