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"Language acquisition is just a matter of imitation!" Demythologizing this popular belief

  title={"Language acquisition is just a matter of imitation!" Demythologizing this popular belief},
  author={M. Cotter and Peter M. Schinckel},
The ability to acquire our first language(s) with apparently little effort has led to much research into first language acquisition. One hope of this is that there are aspects which can be applied or transferred to second language learners and has resulted in a number of second language teaching methods based on first language acquisition. One such belief was the popular behavioural view of the 1950’s and 1960’s that “Language learning is mainly a matter of imitation” (Stern, 1970:58). While… 


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