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When we first brought our daughter home from the hospital I was inexperienced. Mother came to help and in her always wise and gentle way said, "Honey, you need to talk to that baby." What wonderful advice! Mother's counsel paid great dividends and I remembered it when our granddaughter was born. As the nurse measured and cleaned and dressed that brand new soul, I talked to her...and she paid attention. She was interested in this talking thing. Kenzie is one year old now, and she is already an expert at communicating her wants and needs. How Do Children Learn Language? Nativist TheoryNativists argue that children have an inborn desire to make sense of the world. Waddington (1957) explains that certain behaviors are learned easily or canalized by members of a species. Noam Chomsky (1972) took the nativist explanation a bit further. When children are born they have the ability to differentiate any sound in any language system (Werker & Lalonde, 1988). What happened? Infants Toddlers Lust, B.
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