Ritically evaluate the claim that children s early grammars are based around lexically specific schemas.

The essay is due in at the end of January so if more time is require, I can be flexible with the time frame. The following is a handout containing a list of journal articles which we used in a seminar session set up to help around the topic of the current essay. We have been told to use these articles in order to complete the essay.

Tomasello, (2000). Do young children have adult syntactic competence?. Cognition 74, 209 253

Fisher, C. (2002). The role of abstract syntactic knowledge in language acquisition: a reply to Tomasello (2000). Cognition, 82, 259-278

Tomasello, M. & Abbot-Smith, K. (2002). A tale of two theories: response to Fisher. Cognition, 83, 207-214

Naigles, L. (2002). Form is easy, meaning is hard: resolving a paradox in early child language. Cognition, 86, 157-199.

Tomasello, M. & Akhtar, N. (2003). What paradox? A response to Naigles (2002). Cognition,88, 317-323.

Naigles, L. (2003). Paradox lost? No, paradox found! Reply to Tomasello and Akhtar. Cognition, 88, 325-329.

In the seminar we were asked to argue for or against the different theoretical standpoints as to whether children have abstract grammatical knowledge. Although the current essay is not asking this question, I have included the group work we were required to do as guidance for what the lecturer was looking for.

Group 1:
Prepare a case to argue that children DO NOT operate with abstract grammatical knowledge based on arguments and data presented in Tomasello (2000).

Group 2:
Prepare a case to argue that the data presented in Tomasello (2000) do not provide strong evidence against the claim that children have abstract grammatical knowledge based on arguments and data presented in Naigles (2002), especially 167-168, 171-193.

Group 3:
Prepare a case to argue that the data presented in Tomasello (2000) do not provide strong evidence against the claim that children have abstract grammatical knowledge based on arguments and data presented in Fisher (2002).

Group 4:
Prepare a reply to the arguments put forward by Fisher and Naigles to argue that the evidence presented in Tomasello (2000) provides good evidence that children do not operate with an abstract grammar, based on arguments put forward in Tomasello & Akhtar (2003) and Tomasello & Abbot-Smith (2002)
Please use the American Psychological Association (APA) method of referencing. American Psychological Association. (2002). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC