Ideally, language is an acquired attribute of human life that is used for communication (Finn, 2010). The acquisition process is partly innate and partly environmental oriented. This implies that a language is both a natural gift and also a nurtured aspect of life. Language acquisition is a procedural process which entails specific steps that a child must undergo (Knezek, 2012). However, there is a debate on drawing a clear distinction between language being a natural attribute and language as a nurtured aspect of life.
Language Acquisition as a Natural Attribute of Life
‘Navitism’ is the belief that language acquisition is an innate ability. This idea holds that