Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics: Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition?

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    I want to say "Yes, definitely", but that isn't really fitting for an answer.
    – LjL
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 15:54
  • How is it not all imitation? What else is there?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 23:45
  • @Mitch Well for those who accept the poverty of stimulus argument then some sort of innateness is usually seen as necessary.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 0:28
  • @curious oh ok I get it. But if that's the question, then is there anything other than those two?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 2:11
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    Personally I've always felt that when people argue that 'language acquisition is more than imitation', they usually don't give a good enough definition of imitation to exclude anything as that. Commented Jun 5, 2019 at 5:50


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