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LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT 2 Language Acquisition and Development The behavioral theory of verbal behavior holds that language is inherently a collection of verbal behaviors that are learned through operant conditioning. In this regard, desired verbal behavior is usually reinforced the moment it occurs and as such, a child will be conditioned by their environment and the strengthening of their communication after it has occurred resulting in the acquisition and then the development of language[ CITATION Ale \l 1033 ]. On the other hand, cognitive theory holds that language acquisition is a conscious and rational thinking process involving the intentional use of learning strategies, namely, retention, comprehension or learning of information. To illustrate a behavioral theory of verbal behavior, I will draw from an example during my practice where a child had an issue with tenses. To help him grasp current tenses
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