The Infinite Gift

Following the study of first language acquisition and evolutionary linguistics, Charles Yang‘s title The Infinite Gift presents his view on how children learn to speak. It takes no less than x number of years for a child to produce articulated speech in his or hernative language. But what happens inbetween has been a topic of many debates among linguists. Each one taking his/her own viewpoint on specific theories. Yang bases his in part on the work of Noam Chomsky on Universal Grammar. Yang states that while children try to produce the correct structure of their own language, the failed attempts represent “correct” structures in other languages. Thus children unlearn the grammar of others in order to acquire their own.

Published by Scribner



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