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All children learn or acquire their first language during a relatively short period in childhood. Individual variation or differences in learning environments seem to have very little influence on this process. Basically, every human being acquires a native language in essentially the same way. These facts have long puzzled linguists and psychologists. Generally speakin, there have been two competing accounts of this phenomenon, the empiricist’s story and the nativist’s story.


Language Acquisition Causal Interaction Biological Point Linguistic Data Negative Evidence 
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