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Nativist Theories of Second Language Acquisition: Noam Chomsky

Discusses Chomsky's theory of language acquisition, in which there exists some sort of "language organ" that makes language possible for humans & impossible for animals. Also discusses Chomsky's concept of the Universal Grammar (UG).
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Nativist Theories of Second Language Acquisition: Noam Chomsky

Introduction
According to Larsen-Freeman and Long (1991), nativist theories posit the existence of a specific, innate biological capacity or organ that makes learning possible. Some of those nativist theories are specific to language acquisition, with Noam Chomsky perhaps the earliest and foremost exponent of the theory that language acquisition follows a universal pattern based on an innate language organ, or system of hard-wiring within the brain.

Noam Chomsky and Universal Grammar

Chomsky became most visible in his struggles with the researchers who were working with chimpanzees and gorillas to

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