Poverty of the Stimulus Stands: Why Recent Challenges Fail1

Robert C. Berwick, Noam Chomsky, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini

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This chapter re-examines the Poverty of the Stimulus (POS) problem. Several researchers have recently claimed that the POS argument can be deflected without resort to an 'innate schematism'. It is shown that all these recent arguments fail, and the reasons why these failures occur are discussed. The chapter concludes that the POS argument and its support for the availability of a priori structure dependence in the child stands, and that investigation of the POS question within standard approaches of the natural sciences yields interesting results and opens important questions for inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRich Languages From Poor Inputs
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191745041
ISBN (Print)9780199590339
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013


  • Language
  • POS
  • Schematism
  • Structure dependence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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