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1994 for discussion. Steven Franks would require children first to adopt the grammar generating the smallest binding domain and then gradually to expand that domain as required by positive evidence. The gist of this principle is stated in (5): (5) Subset Principle Given a choice between competing grammars generating languages of which one is a proper subset of the other, the child selects the grammar that generates the smaller language. 3 Moreover, even if correct, to apply the Subset Principle in the acquisition of longdistance anaphors would require children to analyze complex sentences, contrary to the Degree-0 (“plus a little”) learnability hypothesis put forward in Lightfoot (1989).
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More of these are offered in Huang 1996, who therefore rejects the morphology– semantics correlation. My response is of course that the correlation needs to be expressed at a more abstract level, namely through the mediation of syntactic structure. Binding and morphology revisited Bošković, Željko. 2008. What will you have, DP or NP? In NELS 37: Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Vol. 1, Emily J. Elfner & Martin Walkow (eds), 101–114. Amherst MA: GSLA.
A Short Grammar of Lithuanian by Terje Mathiassen