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Eric Heinz Lenneberg 19 September — 31 May was a linguist and neurologist who pioneered ideas on language acquisition and cognitive psychologyparticularly in terms of the concept of innateness.

Ethnically Jewishhe left Nazi Germany because of rising Nazi persecution. He initially fled to Brazil with his family and then to the United States where he attended the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Lenneberg’s paper “The Capacity of Language Acquisition,” originally published insets forth seminal arguments about the human-specific biological capacity for language, which languafe then being developed in his research and discussions with George A.


Eric Lenneberg

He presents four arguments for biological innateness of psychological capacities, parallel to arguments in biology for the innateness of physical traits:. In his publication Biological Foundations of Language he advanced the hypothesis of a critical period for language development; a topic which remains controversial and the subject of debate. Lenneberg’s biological approach to language was related to developments such as bkological motor theory of speech perception developed by Alvin Liberman and colleagues at Lnneberg Laboratories and also provided historical antecedents to issues now emerging in embodied philosophy and embodied cognition.

Lenneberg reargued extensively against the psychological implications of the work of Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorfspecifically foundstions regards to the idea that language influences thought.

Inhe received a B. Lenneberg then went on to earn a Ph.

Biological Foundations Of Language by Eric H. Lenneberg

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He presents four arguments for biological innateness of psychological capacities, parallel to arguments in biology for the innateness of physical traits: Universal appearance of a trait at a single time across a species. Universal appearance across time for a group.


Not just an artifact of cultural history. Again, “species typical” diagnostic feature.

No learning of the trait is possible. Individual development of a trait rigidly follows a given schedule regardless of the particular experience of the organism.

Language, Thought and Reality: Selected writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history.

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