First language acquisition: Root Infinitives

A new-born child is sensitive to the sound system of its native language(s).  All children acquire their native language(s) according to the same acquisition timetable.  Moreover, parental intervention has no effect on this process.  It is clear that young children need the right kind of input to acquire language.  But it is also clear that linguistic input does not alter the course of acquisition.  It seems that young children are predisposed to the task of language acquisition.  There are two approaches: (i) generativist and (ii) emergentist.  The generativist approach assumes that some linguistic knowledge is innate.  The emergentist approach does not make this assumption.  Read the full PDF here: Root Infinitives

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