chapter  Sixteen
Lexical Links in the WH-Chain
ByThomas Roeper, Jill de Villiers
Pages 34

A great deal of modern work in linguistic theory has been guided by the intuition that acquisition succeeds through an interaction of lexical knowledge and structural decisions. 1 Two pivotal elements exist in this process: (a) the direct application of principles of Universal Grammar to the input data that form the basis for a child's selection of a particular grammar, and (b) the determination of verb subcategorization from lexical knowledge. We refine these two uncontroversial observations in an exact way that allows us to account for the special stages in the acquisition of long-distance movement.