Semantic Perception Theory: Inheritance and Development to Child Language Development Theory

  • Kekang HeEmail author
Part of the Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education book series (PRRE)


In the first chapter, we introduced two theories of hereditary determinism about children’s language development, which still have great influence and impact at present. The first one is Lenneberg’s ‘critical period hypothesis’; this theory holds that there is a critical period in human language development (including the development of mother tongue and second language). After this critical period, human’s ability to acquire language has been greatly reduced, specifically, not only does it require more efforts, but also we cannot master it even all our lives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Technology InstituteBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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