Linguistics Homework 7

Linguistics Homework 7 - In what sense do the acquisitional...

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Andrea Kam March 27, 2008 Linguistics 101 Homework#7 1. Explain why Genie’s case provides evidence in favor of the nativist hypothesis. Genie’s case provides evidence in favor of the nativist hypothesis because the nativist theory suggests that individuals are born with the rules for language embedded in them and have natural ability to organize the laws of language, but cannot fully utilize this talent without the presence of other humans. Since Genie was isolated from all human contact, she was not capable of developing any language. 2.
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Unformatted text preview: In what sense do the acquisitional stages and their timing provide and argument for the innateness hypothesis? The acquisitional stages and their timing provide and argument for the innateness hypothesis because the ability to learn and use language reflects an essential feature of human design. The critical period is a period to allow a bit more flexibility, saying that acquisition is easier during this time period. Therefore, a child who does not learn a language before their critical period will never master language at all....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course LING 101 taught by Professor Vanderhulst during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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