OPERANT, RESPONDENT, AND UNCONDITIONED REFLEX RESPONSES IN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Victor M. Alcaraz, Regina Martínez Casas, Antonia Padilla, Lucía Puga

Abstract


This paper presents a functional approach to the earlv acquisition of language We proposed that language arises from a shaping process of reflex responses that change into operants and respondents during mother-child interaction. ln support of this, we present an analysis of siX mother-child dyads videotaped from birth to 1 2 months of age. The ehildren related with the predominant interactive pattern of their mothers, whose eommunicative style eould be charaeterized in two ways: Either a style based predominantly Qn the use of mands or one based on social communication rather than controlling their children’s behavlor.


Keywords


language aequisition, operant condítioning, classical conditioning mother-child-interactions

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5514/rmac.v1.i2.27106


Editor in Chief:

Dr. Carlos J. Flores-Aguirre

editor_general@rmac-mx.org

ISSN: 0185-4534

ISSN Electrónico: 2007-0802