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The interaction between genetic makeup and behavior or reaction is an interesting one. Some researchers contend that basic linguistic organization, or grammar, is a one, which is built into the human brain (McConnell, 1977). These researcher believe that humans... ... middle of paper ... ... is, inarguably, a tremendously important part of linguistic development and refinement. Obviously it is social interaction which determines the particulars of our language. It could be contended therefore that because animals have not been presented with the appropriate stimulus which would require the refinement of their language, they have not refined language skills to the degree which is evidenced in humans.
While the brain is still developing, during early childhood, many areas of the cerebral cortex are not yet committed to one function. This allows these areas to be more receptive of creating different neural pathways and acquiring new skills. However, as a child gets older, his or her brain becomes lateralized and neural plasticity decreases, making skills such as communication harder to acquire. Although language acquisition may become harder to acquire as a person gets older, it is not completely impossible. T... ... middle of paper ... ... adapt to the dialect of their new enviornment.
A critical period is defined as a period during an organism’s development in which a particular skill or characteristic is believed to be most readily acquired. Linguistic communication is a unique feature of human beings. Early in life, the human brain is malleable for organizing itself in response to language input. As age progresses, the human brain is not as flexible in learning language. Eric Lenneberg, who was a linguist and neurologist, was the first to propose a critical period for language acquisition in 1967.
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