Studies in the Acquisition of Anaphora

Defining the Constraints

  • Barbara Lust

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Barbara Lust
      Pages 3-103
  3. Theoretical Base

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Thomas Wasow
      Pages 107-122
    3. Robert Freidin
      Pages 151-188
  4. First Language Acquisition: Experimental Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Null (Bound) Anaphora

      1. Thomas W. Roeper
        Pages 191-200
    3. Pronoun (Free) Anaphora

    4. Distinguishing Bound and Free Anaphora

      1. Barbara Lust, Larry Solan, Suzanne Flynn, Catherine Cross, Elaine Schuetz
        Pages 245-277
    5. Control

  5. Commentary

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-373

About this book


This book is addressed to a central area' of current linguistics and psycholinguistics: anaphora. It is a collection of independent studies by individuals who are currently working, on probleJ,IlS in this area. The book includes two independent volumes. The major focus of these volumes is a psycholinguistic problem: the first language acquisition of anaphora. The volumes are intended to provide a basic reference source for the study of this one central, critical area of language competence. They combine results from the interdisciplinary study this area has attracted in recent years. Each of the studies collected here is intended to be readable indepen­ dently of the others. Thus a theoretical linguist or psycholinguist may each use this book only in part. Two basic assumptions underlie this collection of studies. (1) Signifi­ cant psycholinguistic study of the problem of first language acquisition requires a basis in linguistic theory. We look to linguistic theory (a) for the formulation of testable hypotheses which are coherent with a general theoretical model of language competence, and which, by empirical confirmation or disconfirmation, will have consequences which can be integra~ed in a general theory of language and of mind. This is because we pursue explanation ~f the problem of firs~ language acquisition, not merely description. (b) We also look to linguistic theory for precision in the description of language stimuli and language behavior in empirical studies. This is in order to promote replicability and interpretability of empirical results: .


Index grammar language acquisition subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Lust
    • 1
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-2122-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4548-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
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