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The Nurture Versus Nature Debate in Language Development

The relative significance of nature and nurture on the development of human language has been a historical debate spanning decades of cognitive and developmental psychology. For many years, people have debated and discussed the importance of nature and nurture and which has greater significance in human development. In this assignment, you will focus on the roles of nature and nurture in the process of language development.

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Write an essay (1,750-2,000 words) in which you discuss how the evolution of computer-generated speech affects the nature-nurture debate in the process of language development. In your essay address the following:

The roles nature and nurture have in the process of language development.
Does the successful development of computer-generated speech, which allows computers to communicate with one another, orally, effectively eliminate the nature-nurture debate regarding human language development?

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In providing guidance for this posting, the differing roles that nature and nurture have in the process of language development can be quite complex, but in reality there is an interaction and interrelationship between the roles of nurture and nature in the process of language development. In respect to the role that nature has in the process of language development, it is first necessary to understand the biological basis for which an individual's ability to develop and utilize language arises. Due to this factor, nature does indeed seem to have a fundamental and very important role in the process of language development, due to the fact that the quality of the brain of an individual will have a tremendous bearing on that individual's ability to process and utilize language. Due to these factors, the quality of a human being's cerebral cortex will play a large role in determining their ability to understand and utilize language. The specific region of the cerebral cortex that is highly important to written language utilization as well as speaking would be Wernicke's area of the cerebral cortex, which is the area, was responsible for the human ability to pronounce words, as well as to utilize both written and spoken language. This provides us with very important information concerning the natural foundation of the process of language development within human beings as a whole, as well as within individuals. It is obvious from a natural point of view that the quality and condition of an individual's cerebral cortex will play a large role in determining their proficiency in being able to understand and utilize language, and to continue in the process of language development. This leads us to needing to understand the importance of genetics in helping to establish the role that nature has in the process of language development. It is quite obvious that the genetic inheritance in respect to brain function will have a tremendous bearing on the process of language development within the human species, as well as within individuals. What this essentially means is that the ...

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