Brief view of Modern schools and Movements in linguistics perspective.

Answer: The study of linguistic changes over time in language or in a particular language or language family, sometimes including the reconstruction of unattested forms of earlier stages of a language. This is the study of linguistic change in “the synchrony and diachronic”. HISTORICISM Historicism, in the sense in which the term is being used Read More

Discuss Piaget’s view on Language learning.

Answer: Language development occurs in all children with normal brain function, regardless of race, culture or general intelligence. In other words, the capacity to acquire language is a capacity of the human species as a whole. So any theory of language acquisition must account for what children do and do not do in the course Read More

Behaviorist theory of language development.

Discuss Skinner’s Verbal Behavior. Or, What is Behavioristic approach to language learning? Or, Describe the behaviorist theory of language development and provide some arguments against it. Answer: Methodological behaviorism began as a reaction against the introspective psychology that dominated the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Behavioristic view of language acquisition simply claims that language Read More

Briefly discuss the Maturation Theory of Eric Lenneberg.

Answer: The properties of language development — a spontaneous maturational development typical of the human species as a whole —strongly suggest that the linguistic capacity is part of the genetic endowment of human beings. The most significant contribution of generative theory to the psychology of language is that there must be some innate biological representation Read More

Criticize the Chomskyan model of language learning.

Do you believe that human beings are programmed with an innate language learning capacity? Answer: The “innateness question” has been a crucial problem over the last quarter century. The uniqueness of LAD is not unquestionable as mentalists cannot agree on what is LAD and what is innate. They cannot decide to what extent language ability Read More

Innatist theories

What do you mean by Innatist theories? Discuss Innatism with research evidence.

Answer: Language acquisition is one of the central topics in cognitive science.  Every theory of cognition has tried to explain it. Probably no other topic has aroused such controversy. Possessing a language is the quintessentially human trait: all normal humans speak, no nonhuman animal does. Noam Chomsky argues that children are born with a unique Read More

Nativist Approach to language learning

Briefly discuss the Nativist Approach to language learning.

Answer: Nativism is a current concept rooted in innatism. It is grounded in the fields of genetics, cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. The advocates of nativism are mainly philosophers working in the field of cognitive psychology or psycholinguistics: most notably Noam Chomsky and Jerry Fodor. The nativist’s general objection against empiricism is that: the human mind Read More

Important theories of learning

What are the important theories of learning? Compare the theories with one another.

Answer: A great many theories regarding language development in human beings have been proposed in the past and still being proposed in the present time. Such theories have generally arisen out of major disciplines such as psychology and linguistics. Psychological and linguistic thinking have profoundly influenced one another and the outcome of language acquisition theories Read More

Modern schools and Movements

Brief view of Modern schools and Movements in linguistics perspective.

Answer: The study of linguistic changes over time in language or in a particular language or language family, sometimes including the reconstruction of unattested forms of earlier stages of a language. This is the study of linguistic change in “the synchrony and diachronic”. HISTORICISM Historicism, in the sense in which the term is being used Read More