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ch 6 activity - When discussing language, there are three...

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When discussing language, there are three major theories of development that include the behaviorist, nativist, and interactionist perspectives. While these theories are alike in some ways, there are also many important differences. In describing each one of these perspectives we are able to see where these similarities and differences lie. Introduced by B. F. Skinner, the behaviorist perspective is based on the notion that language is acquired through operant conditioning. He suggested that, like all other behaviors, “language like” behaviors, or sounds, are positively reinforced by parents and, therefore, the child continues to develop speech. For example, if a child makes a sound that is similar to a word, his or her parents will praise this action thus giving the child a reason to continue such behavior. In addition to operant condition, some researchers believe that imitation also contributes to language development. When combined with conditioning, imitation has the capabilities of allowing a child to form whole sentences or
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course ESSE 313 taught by Professor Hecht during the Spring '10 term at Old Dominion.

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