Language acquisition theorists

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CHOMSKY - GENETIC ARGUEMENT 

  • Language is uniquely human
  • Children everywhere go through similar stages
  • The critical period for a child to acquire language is up to the age of 7
  • Language is innate (in built) LAD - Language Acquisition Device
  • Language is a biological inevitability

SKINNER - BEHAVIOURIST MODEL

  • Learned behaviour by repeated activity
  • encouraged by positive reinforcement
  • discouraged by negative reinforcement

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