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Unformatted text preview: Overgeneralization – Apply language rules even when it’s an error 2 How does language develop? Learning theory – Reinforcement and conditioning – Good at explaining use of language – Not so good at explaining grammar Nativist approach (Noam Chomsky) – Innate skill – Language-acquisition device Interactionist approach – Combines the two approaches Is there a critical period for language development? Sometime between 5 and puberty Evidence comes from feral children – Story of Genie – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On2Qt132Ozg What about 2nd language? Does language influence thinking? Linguistic relativity hypothesis – Idea that language shapes how people in a particular culture perceive the world – Could be the other way around Which is it? – Mostly, thought shapes language – But, there are some exceptions – Probably interact...
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- Psychology, three months, smallest units, demand-requests Overgeneralization