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LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2
Language Development
Different perspectives explain how infants acquire language in the early years, which
include nativist and learning theorist perspectives. According to the nativist perspective
developed by Noam Chomsky (1957), children's brain has a Language Acquisition Device
(LAD) that sustains the grammatical universals. The perspective hypothesizes that language
learning is an inborn process, which is a biological view of language development. It believes
that there is a genetic disposition for learning language acquisition, which is mainly passive to
the environment. The perspective is supported by Galotti (2015) by highlighting the studies by
Wild Boy of Aveyron that language abilities develop on a fixed schedule. The nativist
perspective holds that LAD assists children in interpreting the grammatical structures of their
indigenous languages, subconsciously mapping novel lexical elements to their matching word
class, as well as syntactic position (Galotti, 2015). It implies that infants are born with the
knowledge of universal grammatical regulations that make them receptive to the comprehensive
features of all languages. The perspective asserts that even a 12-month infant can be sensitive to
the grammar required to comprehend sentences, for example, who uttered a word to another
(Rowland & Noble, 2010).
On the contrary, learning theorists posit that children acquire language during the early
years through exposure to stimuli, which is the environment that the child is exposed to.
Essentially, the want to utilize the language is motivated plus language is uttered in response to
certain stimuli. Furthermore, the perspective asserts that young children obtain syntactic
elements of language, in the same manner; they gain knowledge along with the vocabulary of
how to speak politely; via learning (Lennox, 2013). The theory has been supported by the

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Running head: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT Language Development Name Institution Date LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2 Language Development Different perspectives explain how infants acquire language in the early years, which include nativist and learning theorist perspectives. According to the nativist perspective developed by Noam Chomsky (1957), children's brain has a Language Acquisition Device (LAD) that sustains the grammatical universals. The perspective hypothesizes that language learning is an inborn process, which is a biological view of language development. It believes that there is a genetic disposition for learning language acquisition, which is mainly passive to the environment. The perspective is supported by Galotti (2015) by highlighting the studies by Wild Boy of Aveyron that language abilities develop on a fixed schedule. The nativist perspective holds that LAD assists children in interpreting the grammatical structures of their indigenous languages, subconsciously mapping novel lexical elements to their matching word class, as well as syntactic position (Galotti, 2015). It implies that infants are born with the knowledge of universal grammatical regulations that make them r ...
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