The Cognitive Connectionism Theory Of Language Development Essay

2347 Words Nov 7th, 2016 10 Pages
The cognitive connectionism theory can be used to describe Amanda’s language development. In this theory “language is learned, not innate. It relies on generic cognitive information-processing and pattern-recognition mechanisms” (Wolf-Nelson, 2010, p.61). In this theory children use cognitive abilities such as attention, perception, working memory and retrieval to receive information form their environment and construct language competence by using information processes and language. In this theory neuronal functions are part of a network, which perform parallel distributed processing (PDP), in which information is perceived and attended to. This network is then strengthened through various presentations of reoccurring patterns, which are learned such as a computer program. The cognitive connectionism theory is also considered a “competition model of language learning” because competing patterns are weakened and then disappear. (Wolf-Nelson, 2010, p. 61-63). This is shown as a result in “One-Year-Old Infants Follow Other’s Voice Directions” by Rossano, Carpenter, and Tomasello. This report consisted of two studies in researchers wanted to establish if an infant could determine where an adult they could not see was looking by listening to their voice, and if an infant could determine where an adult was looking by voicing toward the correct stimulus and standing near the incorrect stimulus. The fist study consisted of 32 16-month old infants which where placed on the…

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