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The Development of Metalinguistic Ability

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Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 25)

Abstract

Most readers of this book will recognize right away the structural ambiguity of a celebrated sentence from Chomsky (1965, p. 21):

Flying planes can be dangerous.

Keywords

Language Development Linguistic Knowledge Linguistic Competence Syllogistic Reasoning Linguistic Input 
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References

  1. 9.
    A similar characterization may be found in Lundberg (1978), p. 87.Google Scholar
  2. 16.
    Clark (1978), however, notes that children (age and literacy level unspecified) can make jokes that play on the ambiguity of “man eating fish”.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Romance Languages and Program in LinguisticsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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