So, how DO children learn language?
For children, the task of learning language really is a tricky business. How is that
they learn that it is fine to say, "The boy raced his opponent", but not, "The boy
swam his opponent"? And how do they come to know that it is okay to say, "She
walked to the park", but not, "She runned to the park"?
These rules are pretty arbitrary and children are never formally taught them. So
how do they navigate the maze that is language acquisition?
Watch the video on the left to hear Liverpool Language Lab's Prof. Ben Ambridge
talk about the two leading (and opposing!) positions on how we learn our native
language: the Chomskyan concept of the universal grammar and the