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Language Acquisition, Development and Culture

What are two environmental and biological aspects of language acquisition and development, including the role of culture?

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(a) Environmental and biological aspects of language acquisition

A view expressed regarding the biological aspect of language acquisition is based on genetically programmed physiological and psychological features in the brain that facilitate learning skills (Lloyd, 2010). Another perspective on the biological influence in acquiring language skills is based on the critical period in which children develop cognitive principles utilized in language acquisition. Brennan (2003) asserts that the emphasis on language acquisition has been reinforced by theoretical frameworks that point to childhood as a period in which critical determinants of language development occur. He points of Piaget's theory of infant development as an example that demonstrated how children construct their knowledge of the world. In fact, Lloyd (2010) asserts that the ability of the brain to understand and use language is the result of modeling from parents and other social systems.

Other research suggests that language is a learned behavior similar to other complex human activities and based on interactions (McCabe, 1989). ...

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This solution outlines environmental and biological aspects of language acquisition and development in the context of culture.

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