Chomsky's Nativist Theory of Language: Definition & Development


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Which of the following best explains the nativist perspective on language?

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1. A toddler you're talking to has a very limited vocabulary but understands the order of subjects and verbs in a sentence. What accounts for this, according to Chomsky ?

2. Which of the following best describes the Language Acquisition Device?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will enumerate your knowledge of the nativist theory of language. You will need to grasp topics like articulating the nativist perspective on language and recognizing Noam Chomsky's take on how a toddler interprets subject and verb usage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will help you to:

  • Identify the best way to describe the Language Acquisition Device
  • Recognize what was accepted before Chomsky's theories on language
  • Interpret Chomsky's take on a universal grammar

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will provide access to the following:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Chomsky's theories and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Language Acquisition Device and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the nativist theory of language

Additional Learning

Want to gain more knowledge about the nativist theory of language? Take advantage of this lesson entitled Chomsky's Nativist Theory of Language: Definition & Development, as it covers the following:

  • Identify Noam Chomsky
  • Understand a child's innate abilities to assimilate to a particular language
  • Realize what a linguist is