Chomsky 's Theory For Learning Language

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To account for the observed differences across languages in their grammatical structure, UG has incorporated into its structure a number of language- specific variations “which children have to learn as part of the task of acquiring their native language (Britton & Doake, 2005). Thus, language acquisition involves not only lexical learning but also some structural learning” (ibid, p.16)

Chomsky’s theory for learning language applies to all aspects of language including nouns, verbs, consonants and Vowels (Lukin, et tal, 2008). His theory offers an explanation that a child could not possibly learn a language through imitation alone because the language spoken around them is highly irregular, by which adult’s speech is often broken up and can be ungrammatical (O 'Brien, 1999).

Chomsky’s theory is predominating throughout the transcript providing insight into the way the child is interacting with her father. Saskia displayed the need and want to learn, with the ability to understand the corrections her father made to her speech (Britton & Doake, 2005). Although she had mistakes throughout her speech, she still had the ability to communicate demonstrating words she had leant passively. It is thought that due to her ability to comprehend and converse at such a young age as Chomsky’s theory states she must have the inherit ability to learn language already imprinted in her brain.

Evidence supporting Chomsky theory includes the ideology that Children learning to speak never…
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