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Sociocultural Theory

Language Development

Sociocultural theory


The development of a child is a product of social interactions. The amount, type, and skill of the language used by a child is a direct result of the language has been used in their environment. For example: If a child is surrounded by highly skilled language influences, the child will acquire more highly developed language skills than a child who is not exposed to highly skilled language influences.

  • This theory relates to the definiton of nurture which is stated on the non-nativist page. This accounts for the influence of televison shows, childhood friends, and adults present in a child's environment.