According to the nativist perspective, infants are born with special language systems which enable them to easily acquire language, through a language acquisition device (LAD).  Studies of the Wild Boy of Aveyron support the idea that we must learn language during a critical period of our development.  Learning theorists, however, believe that children learn language from the stimuli they are exposed to in their environment.

Conduct your own research on these 2 perspectives.  After reflecting on your research and your own observations, in a 1-2 page paper, discuss your thoughts.  Which theory do you find more credible?  Explain your opinion using examples and findings from your research.

Assignment Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Conducted research and discussed opposing theories on language development

40

Supported opinion using examples and research

40

Grammar, spelling, and correct APA format

20

Total

100

 

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