The Acquisition Of Language As A Fundamental Basis For A Child 's Development

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Conclusion The acquisition of language forms a fundamental basis for a child’s development, it is an essential social skill which children need for communicating, building relationships with others, and learning (Brock and Rankin, 2008). As a general rule acquisition of language follows a systematic sequence (Boyd and Bee, 2009), however some children experience atypical language development and are developmentally delayed with certain characteristics of language (Hawa and Spanoudis, 2013). In the case of Marcus, a contributing factor towards his speech delay may have been psychosocial deprivation and a lack of interaction and infant directed speech from his Mother (Hill and Saffran, 2005). It appears there are many theories relating to the discourse about how children acquire and develop language, and there have been many notable contributions and concepts offered across the decades; however no one theory is able to offer irrefutable evidence as to how language is acquired (Otto, 2006). Historically there is some dissension amongst psychologists about the origins of language acquisition, and whether this is due to nature or nurture (Hulit and Howard, 2002); however neuroscience research supports the idea that children possess a biological predisposition to detect and process language signals (Slater, 1998). Piagetian theory offers an outline of child development in terms of language acquisition and cognitive processing (Heo et al., 2011); however Piaget’s theories neglect
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