Theories and Behaviorist Theory

Language Acquisition
Unit 03 - Learning a First Language - II



While reading this part of the chapter make sure you understand.
      a. the similarity between learning how to walk and learning a language
      b. the logical problem with the behaviorist position
      c. what is meant by LAD (Language Acquisition Device) and UG (Universal Grammar)
      d. arguments against Innatism

      e. the difference between Innatism and Connectionism

1. American linguist, Noam Chomsky, proposed that language acquisition takes place in such a short period of time, because people are endowed with a inborn capacity to learn and use language.

Noam Chomsky

Principles and Parameters
Reflexive Pronouns
Comprehension Questions


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