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Unformatted text preview: 9/21/2011 1 Language Nature (biology) & Nurture (environment) M. J Farrar, Ph.D. Psychology Department 1 What is Language? Phonology--sounds Semantics--meaning Grammarrules for combining elements 2 True-False Children learn language better than adults-true Parents teach children language-false Children learn language by imitation- false Rules of grammar are illogical-false Less educated societies have less complex grammar-false 3 Why Should Learning Language Be Difficult? 5000 different languages Different rules Children not directly taught Rules of grammar are complex and not consciously available 4 .But children learn it easily . That dog has pink polka dots Nearly Universal Success Can learn any language exposed to Go beyond the available evidence 5 How do they do so? Two perspectives: 1. Nativist 2. Social Interactionist 6 9/21/2011 2 Nativist Perspective: Language is an instinct: Children know a language...
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