Amanda 's Language Development : The Linguistic Innateness Theory

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Amanda’s language development can best be exemplified by the Linguistic Innateness Theory, according to Nikola Wolf Nelson (2010). This is because Linguistic Innateness Theory describes language development as a human talent that is unique, genetically determined, and innate. Also, this theory explains that direct teaching cannot explain normal development, minimal success may be a result of the efforts to teach language, according to (Nelson, 2010). According to Amanda’s background history, Amanda’s mother assists her in homework and provides her with reading tutor services twice a week. This demonstrates that the efforts for learning are provided by Amanda’s mother and formal schooling, yet difficulties still remain an issue despite best efforts. According to Nelson (2010) this highlights the position of this theory where language is innate and a genetically determined language acquisition device is found in all individuals. Amanda’s language difficulties would be a result of a faulty language acquisition device if the Linguistic Innateness Theory is used to explain her language development difficulties.
According to Nelson (2010) the Neuro-Cognitive-Linguistic Systems plays an essential role in language development and can work in synchrony with the Linguistic Innateness Theory. The former reveals existent brain micro- and macro structures and the importance of genetics towards language. For instance, the macrostructures that are Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas play…

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