Poverty of the Stimulus Stands: Why Recent Challenges Fail<sup>1</sup>

Robert C. Berwick, Noam Chomsky and Massimo Piattelli‐Palmarini

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI:
Poverty of the Stimulus Stands: Why Recent Challenges Fail1

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This chapter re-examines the Poverty of the Stimulus (POS) problem. Several researchers have recently claimed that the POS argument can be deflected without resort to an ‘innate schematism’. It is shown that all these recent arguments fail, and the reasons why these failures occur are discussed. The chapter concludes that the POS argument and its support for the availability of a priori structure dependence in the child stands, and that investigation of the POS question within standard approaches of the natural sciences yields interesting results and opens important questions for inquiry.

Keywords: POS; schematism; structure dependence; language

Chapter.  12201 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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