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Non-Nativist Theory

Language Development

The Non-Nativist Theory


The Non- Nativist theory Represents the nurture side of the argument concerning the development of language. 


  • Nurture - The development of language through an individual’s personal experiences. Most often referred to as the influences on development, which come from environmental factors such as prenatal, parental, extended family and peer experiences, extending to influences like media, marketing, and socio-economic status. 


  • The non-nativist theory is composed of several other theories (below on  left) and several concepts (below on right), all which relate the development of language to factors of nurture. Click on the links below to explore the theories and concepts of the non nativist veiw of language development.