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Title: Recent evidence against the Language Bioprogram Hypothesis: The pivotal case of Hawai'i Creole
Contributor(s): Siegel, Jeff (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1075/sl.31.1.03sie
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Abstract: Referring to recent sociohistorical and comparative linguistic research on Hawai'i Creole, this article critically examines the four main tenets of Derek Bickerton's Language Bioprogram Hypothesis: (1) that creoles were created in one generation with only a rudimentary pidgin as input for first language acquisition; (2) that children had to go beyond the input to come up with a fully fledged language; (3) that widely distributed creole languages are virtually identical in particular linguistic features; and (4) that these features did not come from creole speakers' ancestral languages. The article concludes that creole languages do not provide evidence for innate specific linguistic knowledge; however, they are theoretically interesting in what they can reveal about language acquisition with diverse input.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Studies in Language, 31(1), p. 51-88
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Place of Publication: Netherlands
ISSN: 0167-7373
Field of Research (FOR): 200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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