Language Acquisition Theories
Introduction to Language
Spoken or written
Three general principles:
Structures of Language
Phonological Structures of Language
Study of sounds
Phonetics versus Phonology
Sounds of the alphabet
Morphological Structures of Language
Prefixes and Suffixes
Syntactic Structures of Language
Phrases and sentences
Rules, principles, processes
Context Structures of Language
Tone of voice
Words being used
How messages are conveyed
Semantics and pragmatics
Skinner’s Theory on Language Acquisition
Association between words and meaning
Chomsky’s Theory on Language Acquisition
Criticized Skinner’s theory
Who is Correct?
Is language acquired?
Is language learned?
Do you need to develop language during a critical period?
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