11. A Brief Look at Some Biological and Psychological Evidence

  1. Alexander Clark and
  2. Shalom Lappin

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch11

Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus

Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus

How to Cite

Clark, A. and Lappin, S. (2011) A Brief Look at Some Biological and Psychological Evidence, in Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187848

Online ISBN: 9781444390568

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Keywords:

  • biological and psychological evidence - brief look at some;
  • developmental language deficits, studied for insight - contribution of genetic factors to language capacities;
  • inductive procedures, used in machine learning - role in acquisition process;
  • adequate linguistic theory, empiricist or nativist - how the child acquires knowledge of language, to generate/process utterances;
  • inherited language disorders, evidence for a biologically determined language faculty;
  • FOXP2 gene and the KE family in Britain - inherited speech and language deficit, FOXP2 gene's role in regulating neural connections for verbal and nonverbal learning;
  • psycholinguists and psychologists - using specific language impairment (SLI) for a developmental language disorder in children;
  • Williams Syndrome (WS), a genetically based cognitive dysfunction - complement of SLI;
  • experimental learning of artificial languages;
  • systematic grammatical errors - features of typical child language development

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Developmental Arguments

  • Genetic Factors: Inherited Language Disorders

  • Experimental Learning of Artificial Languages

  • Summary and Conclusions