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Theories of Language Development – Language (PSY)

by Tarry Ahuja, MD
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    All right, let’s get into Theories of Language Development. How was it that we actually understand what we speak? And how do we interact with others in the different types of language? So, it’s an interesting process. There are different theories of language development and one of them revolves around language acquisition. So it’s a process by which children learn to understand and speak their native tongue. So, in this model sorry, with this premise, there are different theories or models that we want to talk about. The first being the nativist theory and there’s the empiricist theory and then there’s the behaviorist theory. So we’re going to walk through each and we’re going to explain how they’re a little bit different and they try their best to explain how it is that we, as children, slowly develop and acquire this different language. So, in the first theory, nativist theory is proposed by Noam Chomsky. And what he suggested was that all children have this specific area in their brain called the innate language activation device or LAD. So LAD is an area of the brain that has a set of universal syntactic rules for all languages. So it’s irrespective of what language you’re speaking and what global region you’re from, we all have this brain region that has the set of universal rules for all different types of languages. The idea was later renamed Universal Grammar, UG. The LAD provides children with the ability to construct novel sentences using learned vocabulary. So the vehicle or the rules in which to create a language are already preset, but it’s taking and acquiring the different words that it’s learning. So increasing its vocab and feeding that into the LAD to generate this language. So, linguistic input alone is insufficient to explain...

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    The lecture Theories of Language Development – Language (PSY) by Tarry Ahuja, MD is from the course Making Sense of the Environment.


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    1. Behaviorist theory
    2. Empiricist theory
    3. Nativist theory
    4. Interactionist perspective
    5. Social theory
    1. Empiricist theory
    2. Chomsky's theory
    3. Interactionist perspective
    4. Paget's theory
    5. Universal grammar
    1. Universal grammar
    2. Operant conditioning
    3. Social interactionist theory
    4. Empiricist theory
    5. Behaviorist theory
    1. Behavior theory
    2. Nativist theory
    3. Empiricist theory
    4. Social interactionist theory
    5. Minimalist theory

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     Tarry Ahuja, MD

    Tarry Ahuja, MD


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