Chomsky

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What did Chomsky believe?
That the ability to develop a signed or spoken language is generally programmed into individuals
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This means that all individuals have the ability...
To understand and use language regardless of other abilities
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When do individuals become fluent in their first language?
5/6 years old
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What does a language acquisition device enable?
Children to recognise and develop the languages that they experience
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Children are 'preprogrammed to acquire language...
and it evolves naturally in the same way that children have the ability to stand and walk
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What does language because of...
maturation- which is the unfolding of an individuals biological potential
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Why can't a child learn through imitation alone
Because the grammar and syntax or language is often highly irregular
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An adults speech is often broken up because...
they use slang and jargon
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What did Chomsky note?
That even if adults use the correct grammar around a child, they will continue to apply plural rules
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Chomsky applied this theory to...
all languages
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Criticism 1 of Chomsky
Lack of scientific evidence
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Criticism 2 of Chomsky
Bruner would argue that social interaction in the early stages of development is critical and has more influence than Chomsky suggested.
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Criticism 2 of Chomsky
Over emphasis on grammar in sentence structure rather than how children construct meaning from their sentences
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Criticism 3 of Chomsky
Didn't take into consideration children who experience delayed language development
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