- Created by: alsotheuniverse
- Created on: 16-12-19 19:39
Child Language Acquisition Theories
1. Nature vs. Nurture
Skinner - Operant Conditioning
- Language is learnt through imitation (like other skills such as walking, tying laces etc.)
- Reinforcement through rewards from parental figures (praise, an item they asked for, etc.)
- Imitation has a key role in the development of many skills.
- There are clear language development stages in every child.
- All children have an innate understanding of basic grammar rules.
- There is an infinite number of sentences so children cannot learn them all.
- Children have an innate understanding of grammar
- Language Acquisition Device (LAD)
- Children will under/overextend (add suffixes like "-ed" when it is not needed, e.g. "wented").
- Language Acquisition happens at an impressive speed and would not be learned from nurture so quickly.
- Children don't replicate all of their parents' grammatical errors.
- Interaction has a key role in the development of language, as seen in the Bard and Sachs Study where a child with two…