Language Acquisition : Native Vs. Environmental

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Language Acquisition: Native vs. Environmental
Jevon Morgan
William Paterson University

Abstract
The story of Genie, the alias of a feral child, became an impelling topic of research for scientists, psychologists, and linguists. With careful observation of the new-found human subject, Genie became a significant channel to gain further knowledge of linguistic development. Genie and other similar cases have triggered questions concerning a typical child’s language acquisition development. Is there a time limit that children should be exposed to a language or a window of opportunity for children learning language acquisition? The purpose of this study is to thoroughly examine comparisons gathered by researchers to determine whether learning language acquisition is native or environmental. Researchers explore whether children are prone to learning language acquisition as they develop or if learning language acquisition can be taught at any age of a child’s development. This allows us to construct a generalized idea and/or explanation.

Language Acquisition: Native vs. Environmental
To begin with, a child’s development in correspondence to language acquisition is a commonly explored topic amongst researchers and linguists. Language acquisition is defined as the process by which humans acquire the capacity to identify and comprehend language, as well as to construct and use words and sentences to communicate. Language acquisition is
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