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Nativist Theory

Language Development

Concepts and Views of the Nativist Theory
  • Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: "native" to the mind rather than acquired.
  • Nativists insist that some learning tasks require special kinds of skills, and these skills are hard-wired into our brains at birth.
  • Nativists view children as being biologically predisposed for learning language

Other aspects of the nativist theory include: