The Importance Of Early Language Acquisition

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One of these was an experiment run by Mayberry and Lock in 2003 which compared data between a control group of native English speakers, a group profoundly deaf participants who leaned ASL in early life, a group who learned English as a second language, and a group who were profoundly deaf but never learned ASL in their first few years of life. They tested the groups in many different formats including a test on grammatical judgment, comprehension, and picture matching. Overall the results showed that adults who had early language experience preformed at near native language levels, while groups who had had no early language experience preformed very poorly. Their worst category was syntactic structures – especially simple, passive and relative clause sentences. When the groups were subdivided into age of exposure to English – 6-8 years compared to 9-13 years, the same results still held. The group that learned English younger preformed better …show more content…
To add to that everyone goes through it is the same way. The stages do not differ depending on the gender, race, or class of the child. Research shows that young infants interact with language from day one and actually even before that. From there the child goes through gradual stages until they have control of the language. Children go through this process relatively painlessly especially when compared to high school students or adults who struggle to learn a foreign language. It seems odd that a child can do this more easily than an educated student or adult and the reasoning behind this is what Chomsky called a critical period. Learning language is an innate value in children that gradually goes away. Cases of linguistic isolation like Genie, E.M. and _____’s research provide evidence for a critical period. In addition the fact that there is a trajectory that all children follow provides evidence that there is a critical

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