First language (L1) acquisition studies have been an interesting issue to both linguists and psycholinguists. A lot of research studies have been carried out over several decades to investigate how L1 or child language acquisition mechanism takes place. The end point of L1 acquisition theories leads to inter-language theories, which eventually lead to SLA research studies. In this article, I will show that there have been at least three theories that have offered new ideas on L1 acquisition. However, two theories of L1 acquisition have been very prominent, as they have propounded two revolutionary schools of thought: Behaviorism and Mentalism. Therefore, in the first segment of this article I am going to deal with the detailed theoretical assumptions on these two theories along with a brief discussion on Social Inter-actionist Theory of L1 acquisition. The second segment will deal with inter-language theories and their seminal contributions to subsequent language researchers. Finally, I will briefly show how L1 acquisition theories and inter-language theories have provoked new ideas into SLA research studies.
Mohammad Torikul Islam, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
Stream: Language Learning
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