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Uninterpretable features and EPP: a minimal account of language build up and break down

Platzack, Christer LU (2005) In Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 75.
Abstract
Like most L2 speakers, speakers of early L1, children with SLI, and Broca’s aphasics lack the or¬dinary speaker’s ability to produce utterances on line with almost no errors. Often they produce well-formed utterances, but quite frequently they produce errors that are almost non-existent in the speech of normal grown-up speakers. In my paper I will suggest, based on empirical material from Swedish, that this behavior can be understood as a performance problem: these speakers have the same knowledge of the target language as ordinary speakers, but cannot automatically adjust their produc¬tion to the language specific distribution of EPP, i.e. the demand to express a particular gram¬matical relation overtly. To obtain this I adopt an idea put... (More)
Like most L2 speakers, speakers of early L1, children with SLI, and Broca’s aphasics lack the or¬dinary speaker’s ability to produce utterances on line with almost no errors. Often they produce well-formed utterances, but quite frequently they produce errors that are almost non-existent in the speech of normal grown-up speakers. In my paper I will suggest, based on empirical material from Swedish, that this behavior can be understood as a performance problem: these speakers have the same knowledge of the target language as ordinary speakers, but cannot automatically adjust their produc¬tion to the language specific distribution of EPP, i.e. the demand to express a particular gram¬matical relation overtly. To obtain this I adopt an idea put forward by Pesetsky & Torrego (2001) that EPP is to be distin¬guished from the grammatical relation itself: EPP is connected to an uninter¬pretable feature, forcing Agree and Move to apply to avoid a violation of the interface condition.

The distribution of EPP is language specific, hence my account correctly predicts cross-lan¬guage variation for the four groups of speakers discussed here. (Less)
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SLI, Aphasics, L2, L1, features, EPP, Acquisition
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Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax
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75
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31 pages
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Department of Scandinavian Languages, Lund University
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1100-097X
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TEJS
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  author       = {Platzack, Christer},
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  keyword      = {SLI,Aphasics,L2,L1,features,EPP,Acquisition},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  pages        = {31},
  publisher    = {Department of Scandinavian Languages, Lund University},
  series       = {Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax},
  title        = {Uninterpretable features and EPP: a minimal account of language build up and break down},
  volume       = {75},
  year         = {2005},
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