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Unformatted text preview: Overgeneralization Apply language rules even when its 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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