How Long Was the Nineteenth Century?
Lightfoot, David, 1945-
This paper reviews the problems of the deterministic and predictive view of language change initiated by nineteenth century linguists and shows that such a view is still present in many analyses proposed by twentieth century linguists. As an alternative to such a view, the paper discusses an approach along the lines of Niyogi and Berwick (1997), which takes the explanation for long-term tendencies to be a function of the architecture of UG and the learning procedure and of the way in which populations of speakers behave.
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Lightfoot, David, 1945- (Cambridge University Press, 1992)Review article of Luigi Rizzi, Revitalized minimality. (Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 16.) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990. Pp. x + 147.
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