On gradience and optionality in non-native grammars

A Sorace*

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Epstein et al.'s ''full access to Universal Grammar'' position is conceptually and empirically problematic. Its shortcomings are illustrated through a brief discussion of the following issues: (1) initial versus final states of grammatical knowledge in a second language, (2) knowledge of gradience of grammaticality, (3) optionality and retention in non-native grammars, and (4) the empirical measurement of syntactic knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-742
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996


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