The Pros And Cons Of Language Acquisition

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What is language? Language is a set of random symbols that contain acceptable meanings by the society and culture, which allows us to communicate with others in our community. Possessing this ability to communicate through the procedure of language is considered to be an essential human trait; every normal human speaks but nonhuman does not (Wikipedia, 2015). Since acquisition literarily refers to learning and obtaining something, then acquisition of a language would therefore mean the learning or obtaining of a language. Language acquisition is basically the development by which humans obtain the ability to observe and understand language, as well as to produce and use words and sentences to communicate. It has been known that language acquisition refers to the acquisition of the first…show more content…
Most human beings, before turning 5 years old, acquire one language at least to the level of native competency. How is it possible that a child can achieve this extraordinary feat in such a short amount of time? Have you ever heard a baby babble on and on? How could we explains how a baby, at one moment, could barely form words can, couple of years later, speak regularly and coherently? These questions fascinated many researchers and linguists like Noam Chomsky and others who devoted much of their time and career to explaining this phenomenon. Researchers have debated with each other for a long time over the answers to these questions, but there is one thing they could agree on: language acquisition is a complex process. Language acquisition is one of the dominant subjects of cognitive science. This essay will further discuss the cognitive perspective on language acquisition, focusing on grammatical and vocabulary

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