How do Noam Chomsky's ideas about innateness, universal grammar, and biolinguistics differ from Jerome Bruner's in his well-known interactionist theory?
The argument between Chomsky and Bruner’s approaches to language acquisition boils down to the concepts of nativism vs. social interaction.
According to Chomsky, human beings are born into this world with a system of abstract biological mechanisms in the brain that (a) greatly aid and (b) restrain our acquisition of language. These mechanisms are referred to as Universal Grammar (UG). Chomsky formulated this theory after noticing that:
- Despite the wide range of...
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