Born to Parse
How Children Select Their Languages
David W. Lightfoot
An argument that children are born to assign structures to their ambient language, which feeds a view of language variation not based on parameters defined at UG.
In this book, David Lightfoot argues that just as some birds are born to chirp, humans are born to parse--predisposed to assign linguistic structures to their ambient external language. This approach to language acquisition makes two contributions to the development of Minimalist thinking.