2a%20lecture%2c%20What%20is%20mental%20grammar

2a%20lecture%2c%20What%20is%20mental%20grammar - SHS 120 Y...

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SHS 120 Y Unit 2: Mental Grammar / Innate Knowledge What is Mental Grammar? (Lecture 2A) Reading: Jackendoff, 1994, Ch 1-2
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Patterns in the Mind Ch 1: Finding our way into the Problem Ch 2: The Argument for Mental Grammar Ch 3: The Argument for Innate Knowledge Ray Jackendoff
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The argument for mental grammar The expressive variety of language use implies that a language user’s brain contains a set of unconscious grammatical principles (p. 10).
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The argument for mental grammar What does the expressive variety of language …mean? set of unconscious grammatical principles …mean?
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People do not know the grammar at an explicit level. They know the grammar but they cannot explain the grammar. Native speakers of a language know the grammar of their language at an intuitive level. Chomsky called this form of knowledge, linguistic competence. Mental Grammar is NOT Explicit
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An Example How can you know the grammar of a language without being able to explain it. Let’s take the example of nackle . No prior experience with nackle.
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Read the following paragraph. Then tell me if nackle is a noun or a verb? Around the first two weeks of June, the residents of Tucson Arizona hike into the desert and nackle . They nackle during the early morning hours, because it is too hot to nackle after 9AM. People typically nackle in teams of three or four, but some prefer
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