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Biological and Environmental Factors of Language Acquisition

Can someone help me with a description of biological and environmental factors that can influence native and second language acquisition? Also, help me to understand how each might influence native and second language acquisition by providing me with examples.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular problem, I see that you are expected by your professor to explore how biological and environmental factors affect language acquisition. I think that you can tackle this by focusing on the essentials and using an outline to complete the project. I suggest -

1. Acquiring language - what are the mechanics, how does socialization play into it?
2. Biological factors - including examples
3. Environmental factors - including examples

I have listed resources you can use to further explore the topic. Just leave a message via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones


Acquiring Language

To communicate is one of the most essential social skills that we human beings have that allow us to create social relations, to make meaning, build knowledge and in that manner, maintain society. Language systems are complex and take time to master. As such, it is one of the most immediate skills we learn from childhood. Babies communicate with their caregivers and parents through emotions, movement and approximation of sounds. This indicates the innate capability to form ideas and communicate them. The creation of sounds is part of our physical architecture just like the way and manner we can move which is indicative of our motor and cognitive abilities working together. As such, learning language takes advantage of these, so we say words instead of just sounds, we move our bodies following a purpose and design instead of just approximations. A singular language is a complex system of communication where words denote and connote meaning. In this way, ideas, intent, motivation, emotions and feelings are expressed ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of factors of language acquisition. The focus is on the biological and environmental factors, especially in how they affect native and secondary language acquisition. Examples are provided. resources are also listed for further exploration of the topic. A word-version is also attached.