chapter  10
Studying Language Acquisition in Different Linguistic and Cultural Settings
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It is undisputed that every child learns the language(s) of her social environment in the first years of life. However, what are the cognitive processes that enable children to learn language and which environmental processes are involved has been a matter of continuous dispute. This century-old debate of nature vs. nurture has also moved center-stage in the field of language acquisition research, resulting in two major strands of theories: nativist vs. empiricist/constructivist.