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What's Within?Nativism Reconsidered$
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Fiona Cowie

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.001.0001

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Language–Learning From Behaviorism to Nativism

Language–Learning From Behaviorism to Nativism

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(p.151) 7 Language–Learning From Behaviorism to Nativism
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What's Within?
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Fiona Cowie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0007

In contrast to the empiricist view, which states how all learning involves general strategies that can be applied in various fields and learning from experience, the nativist view explains how the acquisition of some knowledge cannot be associated with the domain-neutral empiricist model. In 1960, Noam Chomsky made his claims regarding how human beings are innately bestowed of knowledge of natural languages. This chapter attempts to provide an overview of Chomsky's explanation of language acquisition and how this has once again gained the attention of both American Structuralist linguistics and psychological behaviorism. Looking into such would allow the establishment of a taxonomic framework for a better examination of linguistic nativism.

Keywords:   empiricist view, general strategies, nativist view, domain-neutral, empiricist model, Noam Chomsky, natural languages

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