Language Acquisition from the Point of View of Linguistics and Holy Qur'an

Elkhas Vaysi, Leila Salehnejad


The present study is an attempt to compare the point of view of linguistics and Holy Qur'an in relation to language acquisition. First the empricist approach to is proposed in which the language is viewed as a kind of verbal behavior, and it is proposed that children learn language through imitation, reinforcement, analogy, and similar processes. Then the nativist approach is proposed in which the language is claimed to be a species-specific or uniquely human cognitive capacity which is the result of an innate language acquisition device and finally by studying some Qur'anic verses and their interpretations according to two Persian commentators (Allame Tabatabaei and Makarem Shirazi)  and comparing them with these approaches, the authors conclude that man is endowed with the potentiality for creative and conceptual knowledge whereby he names things out and preserves and promotes knowledge. This conceptualization and creativity is a unique characteristic of human mind. So the empricist approach is completely ruled out and the nativist approach is compatible with the point of view of Holy Qur'an.


language acquisition, linguistics, Holy Qur'an, nativism, empiricism.

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