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    question in the study of linguistics and human development. From Bow-wow Theory to Yo-He-Ho Theory, the major theories on language origins and learnability emerged at mid-20th century and has been heavily debated ever since. Among them, the idea of universal grammar in which is usually credited to linguist Noam Chomsky, remains the most notable and controversial theory over time. He introduced and developed the t heory from 1950s to 1970s as he proposed and championed linguistic nativism in language acquisition

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    disparity. The LAD is proposed to be responsible for language organization which implies that knowledge of specific sentence structure and syntax is hardwired into the brain during development within the womb. As a result, Chomsky suggests that Universal Grammar (UG), or sets of grammatical rules common in most languages, is a priori knowledge integral for

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    authoritative figure has left if we take into account Chomsky 's theory. To sum up, we do not have a language authority in the conventional meaning of the word. What we have is the natural governing power of public scrutiny, unified under the theory of universal grammar. What is left for the conscious mind to handle – noting down the evolution of language – is still too difficult to handle, as history has shown numerous times, but we should nevertheless keep trying, as those efforts reinforce the unity of the

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    Framing the Innateness Hypothesis

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    of hyper-links. Arbib, Michael A., and Jane C. Hill. 1988 " Language Acquisition: Schemas Replace Universal Grammar." In Hawkins,, pp. 56-72. Chomsky, Noam. Recent Contributions to the Theory of Innate Ideas: Summary of Oral Presentation. In Chomsky, Noam 1991 "Linguistics and Adjacent Fields: A Personal View" In Kasher, pp. 3-25. Hawkins, John A. ed. 1988 Explaining Language Universals Blackwell, Oxford. Jackendoff, Ray. Languages of the Mind: Essays on Mental Representation (MIT, 1995)

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    make about the future. Grand Change Theory Chomsky as qtd., by Aaron & Joshi, proposed that language was inborn, a biological requisite, species specific, and had implications for genetic determination. This theory came after Chomsky defined universal grammar as a system of rules and principles that a... ... middle of paper ... ... period. Descendants of humans who currently speak the current language which consists of the four levels might be using a human language that has extra levels due

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    their morphology and syntax, they found that adolescents did better while the adults comes at the second group and the last group is the children. However, there were only minor distinctions in pronunciation, and as the children start to catch up the grammar differences reduced during the time (Nejadansari and Nasrollahzadeh, 2011). Consequently, we can say that adults are greater than children in rate of acquisition and older children gather more quickly than younger children (Krashen, Long, and Scarcella

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    110-111). He proves this point in many ways but specifically discusses modern-day Sign Language as an example of the combination of motivation and conventionalized—closer to what original language would have been, but still fully developed with complex grammar, syntax, and vocabulary that is not easily learned nor can it be picked up solely by observation. Nicaraguan Sign Language, Burling argues is an example of how quickly language can develop as well as the fact that “a full language cannot be invented

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    Nonetheless, those children, like all children, grow up to be fluent language speakers. It surely must help children when their parents speak slowly, clearly, and succinctly to them, but their success at learning can't be explained by any special grammar-unveiling properties of parental babytalk.

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    equipped with an innate template for language almost as if language is a biologically controlled behaviour. The innateness theory is mainly credited to Noam Chomsky and stems from the Universal Grammar theory. The universal grammar is very similar to the innateness theory and proposes that the ability to learn grammar is hard wired into the brain, suggesting that linguistic ability manifests itself without being taught and that this is a property that all humans share, hence a biological instinctual

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    explain how the novel sentences are formed by children. Hence, I cannot explain first and second language acquisition only through imitation due to the novel sentences that children make during their conversations as Noam Chomsky explained in “Universal Grammar”, that is, “children’s minds are not blank slates to be filled by imitating language”. Besides, SLA learners also form novel sentences and use structures that they have not heard. On the other hand, I partly believe the role of imitation in first

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    One can summarize that “universal grammar” believes that that there are rules that are founded in “all languages” (Cook and Newson 8). According to Ewa Da˛mentions another idea that applies to “universal grammar” is about the "poverty of stimulus" (Da˛browska 1). “Poverty of stimulus” is the idea is that one does not need to instruct a child on how to speak; rather it seems to come naturally to them (Da˛browska 8). By looking at certain tests, developments to certain languages, and similarities

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    interpretation, this introductory essay will speed-walk through the aforementioned topics. Following nature’s example, the first topic is how do children acquire language? Depending on who is asked, children are born with an innate knowledge of a “universal grammar” and their knowledge evolves from there. On the other end of the spectrum is the viewpoint holding that humans are born with physiological traits allowing us to acquire language and no innate knowledge of language itself. Then there are those

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    to understand most of the basis of speech like phonemes, morphemes, parts of speech, phrases and order of phrases. According to behaviorist, first language acquisition is systematic, but for the nativist it is innate. At birth, a child has universal grammar which is a language acquisition device in the brain that is adapt for learning and acquire language. The phenomenon of first language acquisition, that is only attributes to human, takes place not by the intervention of teaching

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    assertion that language acquisition is innately determined, that we are born with a built-in device of some kind that predisposes us to language acquisition’ (Brown 2007:19), a LAD which later on developed on a set of innate universal rules common to all languages known as Universal grammar. According to his view of language acquisition, the child builds up the knowledge of the language by means of hypothesis testing (Ellis, 1985). This view of first language acquisition was later on applied to second language

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    Noah Chomsky is one of the most important intellectuals of the XX century, has influenced different intellectuals and for some people is known as the father of the modern linguistics. The subject of innateness hypothesis, which i have introduced before, is one of the main topics of his bibliography. According to Chomsky the children have a sort of natural and innate predisposition for acquiring the language and they own this ability from when they are born. This peculiarity distinguishes us and

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    There are many different aspects of language that we discussed in English 175 but lets trace it back to the beginning. What is a language? A language is rule governed, systematic and made up of sounds, words, meaning, and grammar. Every native speaker has a large amount of knowledge that he or she knows about the language that they speak even with limited exposure. For instance, they are good with right adjective word order, understanding the context of statements, their sound system, pragmatics

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    second language learning have become topics of interest across the literature, particularly focusing on if proficiency of a second language is based on one’s age of acquisition. Acquiring a first language (L1) is said to be universal, but learning a second language (L2) is not universal (Hoff, 2009). It is quite remarkable that children can become fluent in both languages and have the ability to separate not only vocabulary, but also grammatical rules that may differ across the languages. Age is an important

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    Getting Over L1 Word Order Interference by Means of Peer Monitoring Introduction The following document is not just an exercise but a whole process of analysis of the needs of my students as learners and myself as teacher. Here you will find a simple but common and repetitive error found in the writing process of language learning, which is the inverted order of noun and adjective in English from the Spanish standard rule. As being so common, there are different theories and approaches which try

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    Critical Age in First Language Acquisition

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    language. An input is necessary to stimulate the LAD in order for children to learn. Furthermore, children acquire grammatical rules without getting explicit instruction. The linguist Noam Chomsky believed that all people had an innate knowledge of the grammar of their native language. (Kasper, 1998). Therefore, Chomsky claimed that children’s acquisition of... ... middle of paper ... ... Development: Six Stages of Language Development. USA from http://www.learninginfo.org/language-development.htm#top

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    individual identify with a language would be too shallow and would fail to build a strong and meaningful enough connection to account for a new linguistic identity. There are a few intrinsic elements that define language identity, such as the lexicon, grammar, phonology, syntax. Those are relatively objective and can be assimilated through education and thus, they

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