Unformatted text preview: construct the full system. 2. Does the case of the Nicaraguan sign language provide an argument in support of the empiricist or nativist point of view? Motivate your answer. Empiricists believe nature/innateness has no or little to do with the acquisition of language. The case of the Nicaraguan sign language provides an argument in support of the empiricist point of view because it is a sign language spontaneously developed by deaf children in a number of schools in western Nicaragua . The children were disconnected from their teacher. But the bus to and from school provided an area for them to communicate with each other, and by combining gestures and elements of their home-sign systems, a pidgin-like form, and then a creole-like language rapidly emerged. They were creating their own language....
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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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