Nativist Emergentism in Second Language Acquisition

Mohammad Khatib, Kamran Mehrgan


Second language acquisition has been spotlighted from different ideological perspectives and much has been stated and criticized in this regard. Emergentism is one of these perspectives which has received much attention in the realm of second language acquisition. Emergentists, O'Gradian and empiricist, do not contend that there is some pre-determined mental capacity as the nativists such as Chomsky believe. This paper makes attempts to scrutinize the critical views of both perspectives of emergentism and argue for the O'Gradian ideology concerning second language acquisition.


Emergentism; O'Gradian Emergentism; Empiricist Emergentism; Second Language Acquisition

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