Joseph Galasso Linguist

Department of Linguistics California State University - Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California 91330 U.S.A.
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Joseph Galasso is on the Faculty of Theoretical Linguistics at California State University, Northridge. (Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Essex, 1999). His main research involves issues surrounding early child language acquisition. He is interested in pursuing certain 'Minimalist Program' assumptions (Chomsky 1995) and to ask how such assumptions might explain observed early stages of morphosyntactic development in children. His research specifically asks how/when the requirements and conditions placed on 'Merge-over-Move' operations come on-line in child language and whether these operations are open to biological-maturational factors having to do with a brain-to-language corollary. His general research framework supports a Dual Mechanism Model.  His work has appeared in 'The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics' (2016) (eds. Jeffrey L. Lidz, William Snyder, and Joe Pater). Most recently, his research on the Acquisition of Possessives has been cited in the upcoming edition of ‘Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics: Essential Readings’ (2022) by Elena Babatsouli (Mark Aronoff, Editor in Chief). His most recent writings involve Basal Ganglia Grammar.

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