Language Acquisition Device

Language Acquisition Device

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Language Acquisition Device is a postulated "organ" of the brain that is supposed to function as a congenital device for learning symbolic language. First proposed by Noam Chomsky, the LAD concept is an instinctive mental capacity which enables an infant to acquire and produce language. It is component of the nativist theory of language. This theory asserts that humans are born with the instinct or "innate facility" for acquiring language. Chomsky has gradually abandoned the LAD in favour of a parameter-setting model of language acquisition. Chomsky motivated the LAD hypothesis by what he perceived as intractable complexity of language acquisition, citing the notion of "infinite use of finite means" proposed by Wilhelm von Humboldt. At the time it was conceived, the LAD concept was in strict contrast to B.F. Skinner's behavioral psychology which emphasized principles of learning theory such as classical and operant conditioning and imitation over biological predisposition.show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 127g
  • Fec Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136763192
  • 9786136763194