Noam Chomsky - Nativist Theory

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Nativist Theory - Noam Choamsky
Believed children are born with an innate ability to learn grammatical structures. Language acquisition is something that happens to a child when they are exposed to natural language. Grammatical rules are guided by principles of innate UG.
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Language Acquisition Device (LAD)
The human brain's built in ability to acquire language
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Universal Grammar
Explanation that all world languages share the principles of grammar, despite surface differences in linguistic features such as lexis and phonology.
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How LAD functions
When the child is exposed to natural language, they activate their built-in LAD. They then discover grammatical structures by matching the innate knowledge of UG to the structures of the language in their environment.
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LAD and UG
Language Acquisition Device and Universal Grammar
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The human brain's built in ability to acquire language

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Language Acquisition Device (LAD)

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Explanation that all world languages share the principles of grammar, despite surface differences in linguistic features such as lexis and phonology.

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Card 4

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When the child is exposed to natural language, they activate their built-in LAD. They then discover grammatical structures by matching the innate knowledge of UG to the structures of the language in their environment.

Back

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Card 5

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Language Acquisition Device and Universal Grammar

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