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    After returning from a shopping trip with his mother, little Bobby reported, â??I goed to the store and eated candy.â? Why might a behaviorist such as B. F. Skinner have had some difficulty explaining Bobby's incorrect grammatical construction? What sort of theory could explain the errors? What would that explanation be?

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    B. F. Skinner opined that children learned language by mimicking the language they hear in the environment and then receiving either positive reinforcement or correction from their parents or other caregivers (see attached article or ...

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    Skinner's application of behaviorist theory to language development is briefly summarized. Reference is also provided to further validate the findings.