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In Chapter 3 we survey the historical debate over the value of metalinguistic data—in particular, responses to acceptability judgment tasks—in formulating linguistic theory. Since much of the controversy is chronicled in other sources (e.g., Al, 1975; Chaudron, 1983; McCawley, 1985; Newmeyer, 1983), our review will be rather succinct and will be geared toward providing necessary background for Part Two, where discussion is focussed on issues in language acquisition theory.
KeywordsNative Speaker Linguistic Theory Linguistic Knowledge Theoretical Concern Linguistic Competence
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