do you understand this clearly?

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doingresearch

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hi everyone,
"Humans attain the capability to voluntarily control and regulate their memory, attention, perception, learning, planning and development as they appropriate mediating artifact including language as they are brought into culturally specified and organized activities"

I don't really understand last part of the long sentence.
1. Does "as" (second one) mean "because" or "in a state"?
2. and humans or learners can "appropriate" the language they are learning or using to help them learn under a culture-bound and organized activity, is it correct?
hope someone can clarify it for me.
Many thanks,
Doingresearch
 

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As means while, or during the process in which... appropriate means adopt and take over, a verb which is an entirely different in meaning and pronunciation from the common adjective meaning fitting.
 
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