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David Lightfoot

David Lightfoot is Professor and Chairman of the Linguistics Department at the University of Maryland.

Titles by This Author

Arguments From Language Change

Over the past decade, generative grammarians have viewed language acquisition as a process of fixing option points or parameters defined in Universal Grammar. Here David Lightfoot addresses the crucial question of what it takes to set a parameter - of what kind of experience is needed to trigger the emergence of a natural kind of grammar.Lightfoot asserts that parameter setting is not sensitive to embedded material, and that it is triggered only by robust elements that are structurally simple.

Toward a Biology of Grammar

David Lightfoot is Director, Linguistics Program, University of Maryland and Extraordinary Professor of Linguistics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.