2b%20lecture%2c%20What%20is%20innate%20knowledge

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SHS 120 Y What is Innate (Language) Knowledge? What is Innate Knowledge ? (Lecture 2B) Reading: Jackendoff (1994) Ch 3
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Overview If we assume mental grammar exists, how did it get there? What is built upon innate knowledge? How is innate knowledge different from mental grammar?
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Acquiring Mental Grammar Is mental grammar taught to us by our parents and caregivers? What does it mean to TEACH something? What does it mean to LEARN something? Would teaching about mental grammar be different than teaching a word’s meaning?
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How would you TEACH this pattern? Consider the sentences. I want a cookie. You want a cookie. Cookie Monster wants a cookie. Cookie Monster and Elmo want a cookie. Bert and Ernie want a cookie too. Children know how to use the correct form of the verb in each sentence before they start kindergarten. How would you teach your child this pattern before their 5 th birthday? http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/index.html Go to funbrain Grammar Gorillas and have some fun
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A noun is a person, place, thing, quality, or act The explosion rocked the town. What is explosion – person place, thing quality or act? Or is this a noun because it fills the noun slot in the syntax? It is the head of a noun phrase the explosion , that is expandable into the massive explosion etc. Verbs are action or existence words that tell what nouns do The whale weighs five pounds What is weighed – an action or existence word? The whale is not doing
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2011 for the course SHS 120 taught by Professor Kim,h during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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