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55953 1 THE ROLE OF LANGUAGE INPUT IN ACQUISITION THEORIES
SOURCE (OR PART OF THE FOLLOWING SOURCE): Type Dissertation Title Input and interaction in deaf families Author B. van den Bogaerde Faculty Faculty of Humanities Year 2000 Pages 331 ISBN 9076864012
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THE ROLE OF LANGUAGE INPUT IN ACQUISITIONN THEORIES
Inputt cannot be considered separately from the interactive situation in which it is provided.. In the literature on language acquisition language input and the interactionn between adult and child have been assigned roles of varying importance.. Input is considered inconsequential in some language acquisition theories,, in others it plays a crucial role. In all theories of child development interactionn is considered important for the cognitive, emotional and social developmentt of the child. In language acquisition its role is judged as minimal in somee theories and all-important in others, besides being very much culturally definedd (e.g. Ochs 1983; Schieffelin 1985). Thatt children need to be at least exposed to a language in some sort of interaction inn order to be able to acquire language is, however, beyond dispute (see for an overvieww Skuze 1988; Mayberry and Eichen 1991). A well-known example of the consequencess of the deprivation of language in a child is the description of Genie byy Curtiss (1977). Another case was presented by Emmorey, Grant and Ewan (1994)) who describe the linguistic isolation of...