Life Span Psychology

Learning Language

Some experts emphasize the importance of adult reinforcement of early speech, others suggest that language

learning is innate, biologically wired, while others believe it to be a biproduct of social impulses. Reflect on this

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week’s video, Out of the Mouths of Babes. Which language development theory does this video emphasize, and how

can you tell? To support your answer, provide an example of one of the experiments conducted and explain how it

fits in to the learning theory process you identified. What position do you take on the matter of language acquisition,

and based on that position, would you advocate that parents read to children even before they start to talk? Explain

your rationale.


Cook, H. (Director). (1980). Out of the Mouths Of Babes [Video file]. Filmakers Library. Retrieved from Academic

Video Online: Premium database.