Comparison Of Nature Vs. Nurture And Early Language Acquisition

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Throughout the century, there has been a debate if children learn because of their genetics, or because of the environment they are in. With hundreds of studies done, there still is no one exact answer. Most people say it is Nature, or in your genes; or Nurture, from your environment. Although it could be said either nature or nurture predominantly decides who you will turn out to be, I argue that it is both a combination of nature and nurture based studies on epigenetics, language acquisition, twin studies, and genetic alcoholism.
There are many factors that play into who a person is and what kind of decisions they will make. This can include emotions such as stress, happiness, sadness, and also confusion. In the article “Transgenerational
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Humans are born and start learning immediately. We can learn multiple languages, and skills. It is said that if you want your child to be multilingual, you teach them at a young age. About 6 months of age to be exact according to Rushen Shi.. In her article "Functional Morphemes And Early Language Acquisition” the main idea is explaining how infants and toddlers learn their “native” language(s). This article also talks about how infants and toddlers process and organize language spoken to them long before they themselves can even pronounce the word(s) correctly. Shi states that “...from 6 months, they begin segmenting and storing individual functional morphemes in their most spoken to language, starting with the most frequent ones. Shortly afterward, they organize functors into subcategories and represent their codependent grammatical relations.” (Shi 9). She then goes on to explain that children learn words and phrases before they learn sentences. Naturally, children learn languages they grow up hearing. Therefore, since the child is learning, this would defend the nurture side of the debate “Nature V. Nurture.” Shi claims that “functional morphemes are abstract and little environmental support is available for their meaning; it suggests that language acquisition likely starts with an innate bas and is not driven completely by input.” The first few years of a child’s life is the most important. They learn how to adapt to their surroundings, they learn facial recognition to the “important” and most seen people in life, they learn their name, and basic words or even learn some sign language to communicate. All of these things are both taught by the child’s parents or other important and frequently seen people in the child’s life, and these things are just naturally

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