- Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential linguists
for the second half of the 20th Century. He suggests that language is innate, meaning that we are all born with a set
of rules about language, which he calls Universal Grammar.
- Chomsky states that children are exposed to very little
correctly formed language. When people speak, they constantly interrupt themselves, change their minds, make slips of the
tongue and so on. Yet children still manage to learn and obtain their language all the same.
- Children do not simply copy the language that they
hear around them. They interpret rules from it which then aids them into producing sentences that they have never even heard
- Behaviourists (Behaviourist Theory: a form of non-nativism) believe that children learn a repertoire of phrases and sayings
which lead them to their new sentences, but Noam Chomsky believes they learn a grammar that generates and infinity of new sentences.