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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Symposium #23
Language Acquisition and Individual Development
Thursday, November 29, 2001
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
White Hall
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: M. Jackson Marr (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Abstract: In behavior analysis the verbal behavior, especially the acquisition of verbal behavior has been studied with particular focus on the effects of the verbal community. There are, however, and broad sets of phenomena that also merit investigation, such as the natural environment, and the established patterns of behavior and customs of the culture broader than the verbal community interacting directly with the developing infant. This symposium presents papers that consider these factors and discuss some of the evidence concerning their effects on language development, the earlier theories that have been based on the observation of such phenomena, and the range of functional relations that affect language acquisition.
Developmental Factors in Language Acquisition: Culture, the Natural Environment, and the Verbal Community
PETER HARZEM (Auburn University)
Abstract: Some evidence is considered concerning the effects of the broader culture and the natural environment in the context of which it exists, upon language acquisition. The ways these extensive sets of phenomena influence language, in interaction with the direct influence of the verbal community are discussed.
Language Acquisition: What Is Acquired
EMILIO RIBES INESTA (Universidad of Guadalajara)
Abstract: Language has been traditionally approached as a type of behavior with special topography. Studies of language acquisition have been primarily concerned with the appearance of vocally-articulated behavior in relation to objects and actions. Written forms of language behavior have been neglected. An alternative analysis, as the emergence of episodic interactions satisfying different functional criteria is presented.
Behavioral Theories of Language Learning: Bloomfield, Whorf, Vygotski, Watson, and Skinner
ERIN B. RASMUSSEN (Auburn University), Peter Harzem (Auburn University)
Abstract: This paper briefly describes the evolution of behavioral theories, occurring independently but forming a cohesive progression. The data on which these theories have been based are compared and related.



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