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CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS 2
Childhood Language Development Process
Childhood Language Development Process
Theories
Brief summary of each theory
1. Modeling and Reinforcement The modeling and reinforcement theory
results in the child being able to imitate
something. Research conducted recently by
authoritative scholars has shown that
majority of language development usually
comes from what is heard from other people
and what is said. Modeling actually results to
imitating something whereas reinforcement
is a result of a child being able to say
something and then an adult effectively
encourages the child to repeat it repeatedly
(British Broadcasting Corporation, 2009).
The modeling and reinforcement process is
normally performed when the child is still an
infant and the process continues, as he/she
grows older. However, neither reinforcement
nor modeling substantially expounds on how
a child is eventually able to achieve an adult-
like form concerning their native language
(McDevitt, 2014).
2. Nativism The nativism theory is referred to as a
theoretical concept, which states that small
knowledge is mainly biologically built in.

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