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date: 21 March 2019

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This article presents a case study concerning the grammatical basis of language development. It discusses the trend for developmental research characterized by the use of sophisticated linguistic models of the principles and parameters/minimalism type, and by the adoption of the comparative perspective, with full use of the theoretical apparatus of modern comparative syntax. The article discusses topic drop and root subject drop and investigates why the root subject drop parameter appears to permit a delayed resetting on the negative value, thus giving rise to observable developmental effects.

Keywords: language development, linguistic models, comparative syntax, topic drop, root subject drop, developmental effects

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