Key Child Language Acquisition Theorists

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  • Key Child Language Acquisition Theorists
    • Skinner
      • He emphasised the importance of positive and negative reinforcement
        • If a caregiver praises a child for their efforts, a child may be likely to speak like that again due to the positive reinforcement
    • Chomsky
      • He argued that the brain has a naturally programmed ability lo learn language, an ability to work out the systems in terms of grammar and syntax
      • Universal grammar: the global capacity for children to learn languages at similar rates and in similar ways
      • Virtuous errors are used to justify LAD: children make errors because they are trying to apply the rules that they recognise from the world around them


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