The Role Of Nature And Nurture In Language Development

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There has always been a considerable debate over many of the developmental areas for early childhood, however throughout this essay it is going to discuss the roles of Nature versus Nurture in children’s language development. Language development can be understood by in which the way children will learn to communicate language in early childhood. Nature and nurture both play vital roles for learning language in young children, as it is fundamental skill to learn language. Thames and York’s (2004, p. 603) reference states there are a range of factors that are involved in developing literacy; suggesting that both nature and nurture contribute together in language development. To dig a little deeper, we need to understand that there are four main components to language development: Phonology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics. The nature – nurture debate can be asked in two questions. First, do children learn and acquire language through a prewired section that’s built into their brains from birth? Or secondly, do children learn language through the participation in their environment? (Berk, 2013, p. 359) Language is an important skill that children acquire, as it’s the key to communicating, learning and thinking. Children will develop in all developmental areas through play experiences, observing, interacting with others while mimicking some of these actions, this refers to how phonology is such an important component of language development. Phonology is the way in which
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