What is language acquisition theory?
Language acquisition theory is a theory that attempts to explain how languages are learned. In the field of linguistics, there are various approaches that assign different importance to predisposition and environmental influences as factors in language learning. The most important theories of language acquisition are behaviourism, nativism, cognitivism and interactionism.
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There are many theories that deal with the acquisition of language. The most important are behaviourism, nativism, cognitivism and interactionism.
Language acquisition refers to the uncontrolled process of acquiring a language by a child.
Children go through several stages of language acquisition, which are only briefly mentioned here. As early as in the mother’s womb, the foetus perceives the mother’s voice. After birth, the infant first learns sounds that become whole words over time. Between the ages of 18 and 24 months, the child begins to form sentences, first with two words and later with more words, because by then they have recognised that words and sentences are based on a certain grammar. At around three years of age, most children can form complete sentences and improve their skills in the following years.
According to language acquisition research, the process of language development is completed at around seven years of age.
Attention, interaction and patience are important factors when it comes to supporting a child in their language development.