The moral doctrine of poverty Jesus Christ did not condemn the possession of worldly goods, or even of great wealth; for He himself had rich friends.
The form of the argument[ edit ] An argument from the poverty of the stimulus generally takes the following structure: It is possible to define data, D, that would distinguish the target grammar from all other grammars that are consistent with the input. D is missing from speech to children.
Children nonetheless acquire the target grammar. Therefore, the right grammatical structure arises due to some possibly linguistic property of the child.
Background and history[ edit ] Chomsky coined the term "poverty of the stimulus" in He outlined this philosophical approach in the first chapter of the Knowledge of Language in In Meno, Socrates unearths knowledge of geometry concepts from a servant who was never explicitly taught them. Chomsky illustrates that humans are not exposed to all structures of their language, yet they fully achieve knowledge of these structures.
Linguistic nativism is the theory that humans are born with some knowledge of language. One acquires a language not entirely through experience. According to Noam Chomsky,  "The speed and precision of vocabulary acquisition leaves no real alternative to the conclusion that the child somehow has the concepts available before experience with language and is basically learning labels for concepts that are already a part of his or her conceptual apparatus.
One of the most significant arguments generative grammarians have for linguistic nativism is the poverty of the stimulus argument. They do not receive explicit correction or instruction about what is not possible in the language.
Degeneracy of quality means that children are exposed to speech errors, utterances by nonnative speakers, and false starts, potentially obscuring the grammatical structure of the language.
Furthermore, the linguistic data each child is exposed to is different and so the basis for learning is idiosyncratic. However, despite these insufficiencies, children eventually acquire the grammar of the language they are exposed to. Further, other organisms in the same environment do not.
However, the argument that the poverty of stimulus supports the innateness hypothesis remains controversial. And since children are not instructed in the grammar of their language, the gap must be filled in by properties of the learner.
He ate pizza while the Ninja Turtle was dancing. In general, pronouns can refer to any prominent individual in the discourse context.
However, a pronoun cannot find its antecedent in certain structural positions, as defined by the Binding Theory. For example, the pronoun "he" can refer to the Ninja Turtle in 1 but not 2above. Given that speech to children does not indicate what interpretations are impossible, the input is equally consistent with a grammar that allows coreference between "he" and "the Ninja Turtle" in 2 and one that does not.
But, since all speakers of English recognize that 2 does not allow this coreference, this aspect of the grammar must come from some property internal to the learner. The sentences in 1 and 2 illustrate the active-passive alternation in English.
The Noun Phrase after the verb in the active 1 is the subject in the passive 2. Data like 2 would be compatible with a passive rule stated in terms of linear order move the 1st NP after the verb or syntactic structure move the highest NP after the verb. The data in illustrate that the actual rule is formulated in terms of structure.
If it were stated in terms of linear order, then 4 would be ungrammatical and 5 would be grammatical. But the opposite is true.
However, children may not be exposed to sentences like as evidence in favor of the correct grammar. Thus, the fact that all adult speakers agree that 4 is grammatical and 5 is not suggests that the linear rule was never even considered and that children are predisposed to a structure based grammatical system.
For example in 1"one" can mean "ball". I like this ball and you like that one. I like this red ball and you like that one. In 2one is interpreted as "red ball. This is because when a speaker refers to a red ball, they are also referring to a ball since the set of red balls is a subset of balls in general.
Despite this ambiguity, children learn the more narrow interpretation, suggesting that some property other than the input is responsible for their interpretations.
Island effects[ edit ] In Wh-questions, the Wh-word at the beginning of the sentence the filler is related to a position later in the sentence the gap. This relation can hold over an unbounded distance, as in 1.India has made remarkable strides at reducing poverty.
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The "Dateline" website points us to a recent study on "The Suburbanization of Poverty" by Elizabeth Kneebone and Emily Garr. Poverty definition, the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.
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