Tag: language acquisition

  • Behaviouristic Theory of Language Acquisition

    Behaviourist psychologists developed their theories while carrying out a series of experiments on animals. They observed that rats or birds, for example, could be taught to perform various tasks by encouraging habit-forming.Researchers rewarded desirable behaviour. This was known as positive reinforcement. Undesirable behaviour was punished or simply not rewarded — negative reinforcement. The behaviourist B. […]