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Language Development in Children

April 1, 2016 | Author: | Posted in education

Language Development in Children


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Children , even without formal instruction , normally learn to talk during the first few years of life . Ages at which children acquire a certain speech and language are not rigid and inflexible as their abilities and early environments vary widely . These factors greatly influence or affect speech and language development in children . Many developmental psychologists and linguists offer theories to account for children ‘s rapid acquisition of language , but [banner_entry_middle]

there is still a large nature versus nurture debate concerning this process

As defined in the Dictionary of Theories , the nature versus nurture idea refers to the separate influences of heredity (nature ) and environment (nurture ) on a living thing (365 . Language cannot be completely genetic . Humans speak a wide variety of different languages and very young children of any race or ethnic background can learn to speak and understand any of these if exposed to appropriate models of the proper time in development . Similarly , children cannot learn to speak a particular language without being exposed to said models of language

When and how Language is learned

Language is a HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /System ” \o “System ” system , used for HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Communication ” \o “Communication communication , comprising a finite set of arbitrary HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Symbol ” \o “Symbol ” symbols and a set of rules (or HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Grammar ” \o “Grammar ” grammar ) by which the manipulation of these symbols is governed . These symbols can be combined productively to convey new HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Information ” \o “Information information , distinguishing languages from other forms of communication . The word language (without an HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Article_ 28grammar 29 ” \o “Article (grammar ” article ) can also refer to the use of such systems as a HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Phenomenon ” \o “Phenomenon phenomenon , the human use of spoken or written words as a communication system , the speech of a country , region , or group . Languages are symptoms of how all humans perceive the world and conduct verbal interactions and used as a social tool

The development of language is one of the most natural and impressive accomplishment of a child . Almost all children learn language at an early age . According to Pinker , children ‘s use of language occurs several months after they are able to understand language , that is before their first birthday . Studies have shown that at birth infants are predisposed to language they prefer to listen to language rather than random sounds (Cole and Cole

Human beings are born to speak . They have an innate capacity to speak and figure out the rules of language used in their environment . Noam Chomsky propounded his theory that the capacity of humans to acquire language is in fact innate

Noam Chomsky suggests that humans are born with an innate knowledge of language , and he calls this knowledge the language faculty ‘ He envisions… [banner_entry_footer]


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