Child Language Aquistion Theories

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  • Theories of Language development
    • BEHAVIOURIST-Language acquired through imitation.
      • IMITATION THEORY (Skinner 1957)- Language acquired through imitation and reinforcement. Children repeat what they hear, caregivers award with praise and reinforce by repeating word to correct mistakes.
        • Important in phonological developmement as children learn specific pronunciations from adults
          • Problems with imitation- Children can construct sentences they haven't heard before (aren't always directly imitating)
  • Imitation cant explain overgeneralisations e.g 'he runned away'
    • Problems with imitation- Children can construct sentences they haven't heard before (aren't always directly imitating)
    • Cant explain fis phenomenon
  • Social
    • Language develops through linguistic interaction with caregivers
    • Brunner- Language Acquisition Support System(LASS) Caregivers support linguistic development in social situations.
    • Theories of Language development
      • BEHAVIOURIST-Language acquired through imitation.
        • IMITATION THEORY (Skinner 1957)- Language acquired through imitation and reinforcement. Children repeat what they hear, caregivers award with praise and reinforce by repeating word to correct mistakes.
          • Important in phonological developmement as children learn specific pronunciations from adults

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    Paul Dutton


    A well planned mind map which clearly shows the links involved in language development. Useful for quick revision.

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