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behaviouralism: This is the theoretical view that language learning is a matter of habit formation.  The learner mimics the language they hear, and when they receive some positive feedback, that language becomes a habit.  This view is criticised because it does not explain how a child can acquire something as complex as a language with so little input and feedback.