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Posted November 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM via web

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Noam Chomsky claims that children are born with an innate readiness to learn language. What evidence relates to this claim?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM (Answer #1)

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Chomsky notes similarities in "structure and comprehension" between languages, even languages that do not derive from a similar historical source. He suggests that children learn language too rapidly, and with too much adherence to the same grammatical structures, to be explained by a behaviorist model of language acquisition. From this, he argues that the roots of language must be imbedded in some aspect of the human mind. A "deep structure" of language and syntax that is part of the human psyche, he argues, is the best explanation for the speed of language acquisition. 

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