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The critical period hypothesis was first proposed by Montreal neurologist Wilder Penfield and co-author Lamar Roberts in their 1959 book Speech and Brain Mechanisms, and was popularized by Eric Lenneberg in 1967 with Biological Foundations of Language. The critical period hypothesis is the subject of a long-standing debate in linguistics and language acquisition over the … Continue reading Language Acquisition : The Critical Period Hypothesis
The Chomskyan approach towards syntax, often termed generative grammar, studies grammar as a body of knowledge possessed by language users. Since the 1960s, Chomsky has maintained that much of this knowledge is innate, implying that children need only learn certain parochial features of their native languages
An interlanguage is the term for a dynamic linguistic system that has been developed by a learner of a second language (or L2) who has not become fully proficient
This video explains what Universal Grammar is in Simple Terms
How many languages can a child learn at once? Is there a 'window' of opportunity, or can they learn multiple languages at any time? And what are the cognitive benefits of learning more than one language?
The monitor hypothesis asserts that a learner's learned system acts as a monitor to what they are producing.
The influence of the first language on the second is known as language transfer.
Research over the last decade has confirmed that a variety of affective variables relate to success in second language acquisition. Most of those studied can be placed into one of these three categories:
We acquire language when we understand what people tell us .