In search of a nativist theory of second language acquisition

J ohann L. Van der Wait


This article illustrates the search for a theory of second language acquisition. It is the
task of the applied linguist to investigate any discipline which can shed light on this
problem. The article investigates the field of theoretical linguistics, in particular
Chomsky 's Universal Grammar, fUnctional linguistics, and cognitive learning theory for
answers to the question of how a second language is acquired.
Hierdie anikel illustreer die soeke na 'n teorie van tweedetaalverwerwing. Dit is die taak
van die toegepaste linguis om enige dissipline te ondersoek wat lig op hierdie probleem
kan werp. Daar word gekyk na die teoretiese linguistiek, en veral na Chomsky se
Universele Grammatika, die fonksionele linguistiek, en kognitiewe leerteorie vir
antwoorde op die vraag hoe 'n tweede taal verwerjword.

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