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Cross Cultural Research

Language Development

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  • Cross cultural research is a term used when comparing aspects of life from one culture to another. In this case, it is obviously a term used to compare the development of all language in every culture.
  • Cross cultural research is very important to today's society as Canada, along with many other countries, has become quite diverse.
  • Therefore, it would be interesting to know if outside factors such has economics and where you live are major contributors in learning to speak, and speak in a proper manner. Research shows that on a basic level, no it does not.

  • A study on students from Brazil, China, Sweden, and the United States was completed. The basis of the study was to compare how each of the students responded to a two-stage probability problem.
  • In each culture, there was a significant tendency for the students to stick with their initial decision, and they were right. However, there was also a significant tendency for the students to keep their first answer, even when they should have switched.
  • With this type of problem, the four cultures did not differ significantly. Therefore, this research implies universality in language acquisition, due to the fact that each culture in itself is greatly different from one another, yet when it comes to problem-solving, and deciding on an answer, the majority of the students all thought alike. This research also goes along with the idea of the Universal Grammar theory.

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