LAD (Language Acquisition Device)

The Language Acquisition Device (LAD) is a theoretical construct proposed by linguist Noam Chomsky, suggesting that humans are born with an innate ability to acquire language. According to Chomsky, the LAD is a mental mechanism that allows children to rapidly learn and understand the complexities of language through exposure. This theory emphasizes the natural, universal aspects of language acquisition and the role of innate cognitive structures. Understanding the LAD concept helps educators appreciate the inherent capabilities of learners and design instruction that taps into these natural processes.