We do not have to follow natural language acquisition literally. We can draw conclusions, work on the operational essence of human natural learning. Language Mapping does not come from a theory on human learning. It is not intuitive only, either. I began inventing my way with grammar when I was a child, and continued into university study. Language Mapping thus has both: nature and nurture. 🙂
We can regard circular reactions (see Chapter 2). The reactions can help begin our inner convergence for English.
Exercises 1-3 ask to operate on the time reference and the core words BE, HAVE, and DO.
Exercise 4 asks to focus on own thinking. With the focus, we return to exercises 1-3. We make an inner feedback loop. This compares to working on primary circular reactions.
Exercises 5-6 work on a very important aspect: irregular verb forms. Many learners, native or foreign, tend to have language for more regular than it really is. We do not have to learn all irregular verbs at once. It is enough that in our inner capability for language, we learn to allow for irregularity.
We introduce a change into our language patterns, to perceive how it works. We use a virtual word, to compare tense patterns. Our learning corresponds with secondary circular reactions.
We begin our symbolic layer for language: we name the tenses, Simple, Progressive, and Perfect, in the PRESENT, PAST, and FUTURE. We think about language. We can call it our metalanguage. We expand our convergence. We can exercise the core words, BE, HAVE, and DO, as well as another way round, start with the time reference, PRESENT, PAST, or FUTURE. We use personal pronouns, too.
We have envisioned language patterns as a River of Time. Our temporal reality is a changing one. However, we can incorporate our earthling variables into our grammars. We can view the Aspects as prepositions, ON (the Simple), IN (the Progressive), and TO (the Perfect). We can learn to map our environments with regard to time, and later, to map language. Our convergence can expand into a cognitive structure.
As with tertiary circular reactions, we learn to combine elements to make own language textures. We are about to make ground for own feedback strategies.
Feel welcome to the paths of Travelers in Grammar. 🙂