Answer & Explanation

Some language theorists believe that human beings are naturally and instinctively prewired to develop language abilities, regardless of their environments. Is this theory supported by the research of Weisleder and Fernald (2013)? a. No, the research found that greater exposure to spoken words as associated with better vocabulary and speech-processing skills in children. b. Sort of, because environmental exposure to words was very important but only for children with significant physical or psychological disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder). c. It is impossible to tell. There were severe ethical problems with this research, most importantly the fact that parental consent was not provided before the children were studied. d. Yes, the research in question found no relationship between children’s exposure to spoken words and their own language abilities.

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