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Describe the stimulus and response according to bloomfield's behaviourism theory ?

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You will find a direct link below that will take you to an article on Bloomfield's theory. This should help you immensely; it's sort and to the point.


Three Heuristics to the Linguistic Stimulus-Response Formula

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According to the behaviorist theory of language proposed by Leonard Bloomfield, language is a form of behavior that is learned through conditioning. In this view, language is not innate or inherent, but rather it is acquired through repeated exposure to stimuli and responses.

The stimulus in this theory is any external event or object that elicits a response from an individual. For example, a word spoken by someone else is a stimulus that can elicit a response, such as a response word or phrase spoken by the individual.

The response, in turn, is the behavior that is exhibited by the individual in response to the stimulus. This can be a verbal response, such as speaking a word or phrase, or a nonverbal response, such as nodding or pointing.

According to Bloomfield's behaviorism theory, language is acquired through a process of conditioning, in which the individual learns to associate a particular stimulus with a particular response. This process occurs through repeated exposure to the stimulus-response relationship, and over time, the individual learns to produce the desired response automatically and without conscious effort.

In this view, language is not a special or unique ability, but rather it is a type of learned behavior that can be explained using the principles of classical and operant conditioning