Language is an important tool for
storing, organizing, and retrieving information that has been acquired
throughout one’s life, as well as for thinking, modifying, and sharing such
information with others. Thus, there are many questions researchers ask about
language and its use. For this assignment, complete the steps listed below:
More than half a century ago, two researchers, Noam
Chomsky and B. F. Skinner, debated the role of nature and nurture in
language acquisition. What was the viewpoint of each researcher?
What was the evidence upon which their contrasting viewpoints relied?
Review the literature on the selected topic. For
each topic, use at least two peer-reviewed articles that can answer the
question(s) related to it.
Engage your critical thinking
skills. Carefully summarize the evidence you have found and then critically
examine it. For instance, ask yourself if the available evidence is sufficient
to support the interpretations that researchers have proposed, and/or whether
there are ambiguities and unknowns.
Guidelines for the AssignmentFor the selected topic, you must:
Start with a title page and end with a reference page
The title page must contain the following items (title
of paper, student’s name, course name and number, instructor’s name, and
Be at least five double-spaced pages in length (without
counting the title page and the reference page).
Begin with an introduction to the selected topic in
which you define all concepts that will be discussed in the paper.
Briefly summarize the content of the selected article
according to the guidelines described above.
Analyze the key findings, illustrating the
consistencies and inconsistencies.
Conclude your paper by expressing your thoughts about
the strengths and weaknesses of the available evidence. If possible,
suggest the course that future research should take if answers are less
The reference section will be the final page of the
paper. In this section, you will cite the articles you have chosen
to discuss in the paper and any other source that you have used. Be sure
you follow the 6th edition of the APA guidelines as laid out by the
Ashford Writing Center.