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Unformatted text preview: th. This as s um ption allows generativis ts to us e form al adult-like gram m ars
to des c ribe c hildren’s language abilities .
Q2. T he se cond of the two main classe s of the orie s is calle d Cognitiv e -Functional Linguistics (or
Usage -Base d Linguistics). In 1-2 se nte nce s de scribe how this the ory accounts for language
Thes e theories hold that the es s enc e of language is that it’s s ym bolic , and gram m ar is derivative.
Children are thought to ac quire all the regular as pec ts of langauge as well as the irregular as pec ts of
language by the s am e learning m ec hanis m s .
Q3. Characte riz ation of childre n’s e arlie st language : Prov ide 2 e xample s of linguistic skills that
childre n (le ss than 2 ye ars) typically hav e acquire d b...
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