Criticism of the Critical Period Hypothesis

CRITICAL Critical Period PERIOD Ducklings after hatching L2 Acquisition for L2 morphology and syntax to reach native levels exposure to the L2 must begin before age 15 1) attaining to native-like levels of proficiency 2) More concious effort than in earlier L2 acquisition

If the same goes for language acquisition After critcal period Evidence First Language ?
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Effortfulness of later language learning Breathnach,1993 claims that the infant learns to pronounce and use the language he hears around him with ease and perfection while adult L2 learning demands a systematic and determined effort.


If so, lateralization cannot be the evidence of the critical period.

One is that children's acquisition of a foreign language is different from that of adults'.
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This leads to a theory of the multiple critical periods.While it is believed that children need to learn a second language before their critical period in order to acquire a natural pronunciation in informal daily learning, it is also true that some children fail to acquire a native-like proficiency under the influence of their first language.


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Krashen, Stephen D. “Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning.” University of Southern California, December 2002. p 64-69. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

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The CPH posits this kind of a short period for the acquisition of language, which is decided by the learners' behavior.Flege (1987) lists four characteristics of the imprinting as below.1.

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Therefore, the results of this study did not support its hypothesis that the rate that a person learns a second language is inversely related to the age of that person. On the contrary, the results of this study showed that there is a direct relationship between the age of a person and the rate that he acquires a second language. Overall, this study does not support the widely accepted critical period hypothesis.