Can children tell us anything we did not know about parameter clustering?

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The present paper provides evidence that children are not different from<br />adults with respect to phrase structure building, a process considered to<br />be highly dependent on feature valuation. Lexical heads are taken from<br />the lexicon with open feature values that are specified in the course of the<br />derivation. Under such a view, linguistic development is mainly restricted<br />to the lexicon, the projection of functional structure following from the<br />stepwise identification and valuation of the features encoded by the<br />morphological markers on lexical items. Based on data from child language,<br />it is argued that language acquisition consists in choosing the particularvalues that correspond to the target language.


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