New languages are constantly emerging, as existing languages
diverge into different forms. To explain this fascinating process,
we need to understand how languages change and how they emerge in
children. In this pioneering study, David Lightfoot explains how
languages come into being, arguing that children are the driving
force. He explores how new systems arise, how they are acquired by
children, and how adults and children play different, complementary
roles in language change. Lightfoot makes an important distinction
between 'external language' (language as it exists in the world),
and 'internal language' (language as represented in an individual's
brain). By examining the interplay between the two, he shows how
children are 'cue-based' learners, who scan their external
linguistic environment for new structures, making sense of the
world outside in order to build their internal language. Engaging
and original, this book offers an interesting account of language
acquisition, variation and change.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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