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Linguistic theory and adult second language acquisition

On the relation between the lexicon and the syntax

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Carolina Plaza Pust

Contents: Language acquisition and the theory of Universal Grammar – Lexicon and syntax in the Principles and Parameters Theory – The Functional Parametrisation Hypothesis and the acquisition of German word order in child vs. adult language acquisition – Modularity of mind and the Critical Period Hypothesis: Language-specific vs. general learning mechanisms – Core issues of the UG Hypothesis of adult second language acquisition – The Developmental Problem in child vs. adult language acquisition – Linguistic variation and the theory of self-organisation – Chaos theory, (adult) language acquisition and diachronic language change: dynamic processes in the development of grammars.