By Michelle Aldridge

Contains 17 papers awarded on the baby Language Seminar, Bangor 1994, with contributions in parts as various as bilingual improvement, phonological problems, signal language improvement, and the language of Down's syndrome young ones.

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Method Subjects Forty-two first year undergraduates in Psychology at the University of Plymouth participated as part of a course requirement. The miniature language The miniature language used was identical to that described in the Morgan et al. 1989 and Morgan & Newport (1981) papers. 3). 2 Phrase structure tree of sentences of the language. Thicker branches showing obligatory elements; thinner branches denoting optional elements. 3 State diagram for a finite state grammar of language. The former gave information regarding the hierarchical nature of the language, in which the language was divided into phrases, A, B and C.

Fauconnier, G. (1985) Mental Spaces: Aspects of Meaning Construction in Natural Language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. C. J. (1988) Thematic subject-hood and cognitive constraints on discourse structure. Journal of Pragmatics 12, 519-34. (1989) Discourse models as interfaces between language and the spatial world. Journal of Semantics 6, 147-60. , Norman, F. and O'Grady-Batch, L. (1989) Development of spatial and non-spatial referential cohesion. Paper presented at Stanford Child Language Research Forum, Stanford, CA.

E. an A phrase, a B phrase or a C phrase), the other consisted of a fragment from the same sentence but one which cut across two phrases, so violating phrase structure. Subjects were asked to judge which alternative in each pair formed a better 'group or unit'. (iv) Transformational Constituent Test Completed after trial 4. The test comprised 24 items, each item involving the presentation of two sentences, one above the other. The sentences were taken from permissible sentences in the base language but both sentences were permuted.

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