The Nativist Perspective and Language Development


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Which of the following statements is NOT a nativist perspective on language development?

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1. The idea of the Language Acquisition Device, developed by Noam Chomsky, could be described as:

2. Which of the following statements is a critique of the nativist theory of language development?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of language development via the nativist perspective. Some of the information you'll be assessed on includes the characteristics - as well as a central figure - of nativist theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Nativist perspective on language development
  • Main theorist of nativist theory
  • Language organ, according to nativist theory
  • Arguments for and against nativist theory

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on language development via the nativist perspective
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about language development in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language organ tied to the brain, according to nativist theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about arguments for and against nativist theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about language development, review the accompanying lesson called The Nativist Perspective and Language Development. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain nativist theory through a hypothetical example
  • Consider the question of language as a born and/or learned ability
  • Evaluate the idea of universal grammar in light of the nativist theory