Behavioral And Linguistic Models Of Psycholinguistics Are Polar Opposites

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While behavioral and linguistic models of psycholinguistics are polar opposites, the interactionist theory creates a bridge between the two. It accepts the most logical points from both behavioral and linguistic approaches. Interactionists argue that not only are behavioral and linguistic models both accurate, but work in tandem and modify each other. Not only does how our brain is wired to recognize language affect how we learn language, but what we learn affects how our brain is wired. The three basic types of interactive approaches are cognitive, social, and usage-based gestural. Cognitive theory is based on the idea that language is not learned separately in development, but rather comes to a child as a part of a package. Social theory claims that children are able to learn their language through social interaction. The last, usage and gestural approach, states that symbols became gestures, and gestures became words.

In 1965 Chomsky proposed the concept of language acquisition device otherwise known as (LAD). LAD is known to be the natural language component and the idea that children are born with prior knowledge to language. Chomsky said children have information about grammar and transformation due to the fact that LAD operates on raw linguistic data. This linguistic data must be universal to all languages since children learn the language that is being spoken in their home.
As children become exposed to their language linguistic “parameters” become…

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