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Grammar Matters: Evidence from Phonological and Morphological Development in Northern East Cree
Yvan Rose and Julie Brittain
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This paper compares predictions from two competing theories in light of phonological and morphological acquisition data. On the one hand, the generative approach (e.g. Aronoff 1976) predicts that the learner's initial grammar reflects the grammatically transparent aspects of the target system. Conversely, the exemplar-based approach (e.g. Bybee 2001) predicts a strong correlation between input frequency and language development. The authors discuss the development of metrical structure and verbal inflection for one child acquiring Northern East (NE) Cree as a first language (code-named A1) between ages 2;02.02 and 4;01.30. It is shown that A1's early productions reflect an understanding of the basic grammatical organization of the language; it is thus argued that the generative approach better accounts for the data.

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Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2010)
edited by Mihaela Pirvulescu, María Cristina Cuervo, Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, Jeffrey Steele, and Nelleke Strik
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