Children Have an Innate Ability to Learn Language

The fact that all normal children acquire essentially comparable grammars of great complexity with remarkable rapidity suggests that human beings are somehow specially designed to do this, with data-handling or 'hypothesis-formulating' ability of unknown character and complexity.


The complexity and variability of languages and the adeptness of children to learn them means there must be a part of the brain programmed for language.

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 A review of B. F. Skinner, Verbal Behavior
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Chomsky, Avram Noam (1959), A review of B. F. Skinner, Verbal Behavior, Language: Journal of the Linguistic Society of America, 1959, 35, 57. , Retrieved on 2012-01-31
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