Sometimes those that set out to learn a language or even those that want to teach it don’t give much thought to the theory behind what they’re doing. Whether you want to acquire a language, or help others acquire it, probably the most important question that could be asked is:
How do humans acquire language?
It’s a simple question, but one that breaks into many different theories about the language acquisition process. Today’s discussion point is…Universal Grammar.
Prior to Noam Chomsky language “learning” was viewed as a process similar to traditional learning. A person exposed to a body of information (the language), through time and repetitive behavior (imitation or learning the rules), mastered the language and fluency was achieved.
Chomsky challenged that belief by explaining that there is no way a human could learn a system as deep, expansive, and complex as a language to proficiency by their pre-school years…
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