QuestionsCategory: Pedagogy of EnglishWhat did Chomsky believe about language acquisition?
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In 1957, Chomsky introduced the concept of language acquisition device (LAD) which was used to account for the language acquisition competence of human beings. He believed that the acquisition of the first language is the function of the human brain or an innate structure. The introduction of UG or Universal Grammar is also credited to Chomsky. Chomsky believed that humans are born with:
  1. LAD, a set of language learning tools.
  2. LAD is an abstract part of the human mind which enables humans to acquire and produce language. 
  3. Since they are equipped with LAD, children can acquire rules of a language through hypothesis testing
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