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Discuss how important you think each of the following factors may be in helping children learn their native tongue

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Discuss how important you think each of the following factors may be in helping children learn their native tongue. There are many factors as to how a child may be able to learn their native tongue at a very young age. Each of these factors has advantages and disadvantages in a child's learning to speak their native tongue and some are more effective than others. This essay will discuss each of these factors and how important they are. Some of the factors that will be included in this essay are the children imitating their parents, being taught by their parents, interaction with adults and the child's ability to work out the rules of grammar. ...read more.

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Also it is evident that children tend to over extend words and call more than one object the name of another object, or over generalize words for example adding "ed" onto the end of words such as "falled". It has also been suggested that by careful teaching from the parent can be crucial within a child's development. For example repetition from the parent towards the child, such as saying "Daddy" can make a child's understanding of language develop quicker. But also this can by changing the language that they use when around the child. This sort of babyish talk is often called "caretaker speech" or "parentese", but this use of babyish language would make it harder for the child to create sentences. ...read more.

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He also says that children in actuality use language more than they need to and seem resistant to correction, even if pushed by rewards, contradicting Skinner's Behaviourist theory. He also says that children create forms of language without complete understanding, which is what leads to overgeneralization and overextension. Through these factors Chomsky came up with a theory saying that although some contribution from the parent was necessary by linguistic interaction with the child to help them learn to speak, there is a genetic element inherent in the human brain, which prepared young children for language acquisition. He called this theory the "Language Acquisition Device". ?? ?? ?? ?? Trishna Shah ...read more.

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