chapter  Seven
Grammatical or Pragmatic: Will the Real Principle B Please Stand?
ByDiana Kaufman
Pages 24

Among the principles that have been investigated as possible representations of children's grammatical knowledge, none have produced more mixed and controversial results than Principle B of the GB (government-binding) Binding Theory (Chomsky, 1981). What makes these results particularly puzzling is the fact that acquisition studies of Principles A and C of Binding Theory, both of which assume the same underlying grammatical knowledge as B, have resulted in more consistently good results.