Language: the Nature/Nurture Debate (Nativism vs. Empiricism) — Linguistics 101

Is language a cultural artifact created by humans or is it hardwired in the brain? Is language an external tool or an internal instinct? Do we check if a sentence belongs to a language by asking native speakers for their intuitions or by running a query against a database of words that have been used in that language?

This short video explores the surface of an ongoing controversy in linguistics over the operational definition of language. It also explains how this debate impacts the way videos about linguistics & language are presented on this channel.


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3 thoughts on “Language: the Nature/Nurture Debate (Nativism vs. Empiricism) — Linguistics 101

  • November 13, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Personally, I suspect that the ability to produce language is innate, but what that language is is learned and that both ways to finding out what's a good speach act are valid depending on the the specifics of your question.

    And what that means for things like Universal Grammar anything else is yet to be determined.

    I think it may have to do with how undeveloped the human brain is when a human is born compared to other vertabrates.

  • November 13, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Hi I'm using this video for a Bachelors assignment and want to reference it, would you be able to provide me with details please? The following is required, I'd really appreciate help :)producer(s) Last name, Initials (Producer) & Director(s) Last name Initials. (Year)
    Title,Place of production: Production company


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