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Language Development: The Nature Vs. Nurture Debate

The Nativist Theory

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The nativist theory deals with the biological belief that language is an innate feature of the infant.  Researcher Noam Chomsky is a firm advocate for this theory.  He came up with the idea of a language organ, which is known as the Language Acquisition Device (LAD).  Other researchers have discredited Chomsky’s theories.

Limitations
Language does not develop as quickly as Nativist theorists predict.  It is a more gradual process.  This theory also does not put into account the many different languages spoken throughout the world.

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