Module 10 Writing assignment 10: Chapters 17, 18Understand the basics of genetics, including epigeneticsGenetics differ prom person to person. But there are some similarities. There are three factors that are relevant to language that have a genetic basis. There is mental grammar which is a language specific component of universal grammar. The language acquisition device which guides the development of universal grammar to what we know as mental grammar. Finally, language processing which lies between mental grammar and the actual utterances children produce. The utterances are seen in terms of production and understanding. Understand the notion ImprintingImprinting is the idea of stamping an experience to the organism that is exposed to it. This notion is compared to the critical period. This is when children can learn a language with ease. At this time, children imprint on the environment and gather the information they hear to later use it when combining words into sentences. This definition is slightly different from the one I grew up to know. I thought imprinting is when a person has experienced something that triggers them even later in life like a traumatic experience. Know about methods to establish which gene(s) correlate with which trait(s)Regulatory genes are able to turn on and off other genes. They can control many genes. There are behavior genes which determine the behavior of the child. I did not really understand this because I could not pin point the exact genes in the chapters. Understand what Twin Studies and Family Studies show about the genetic contribution to traitsFamily studies focused on adopted children and their biological parents. The researchers were looking for a similarity or difference in language behavior. The researchers compared the language
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