Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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1. What is Skinner's imitation and reinforcement theory?

  • A caregiver will create an action to represent a certain word and the child will repeat the action whilst saying the word in order for them to be more likely to remember it.
  • Children repeat what they hear and are rewarded with praise
  • Children incorrectly repeat what they hear and the caregiver will continue to repeat the word until the child pronounces it correctly
  • A caregiver will say a sound to represent a word and the child will reinforce this idea by saying both the sound and the actually word which the caregiver is trying to imitate.
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2. Cruttenden has three stages of learning inflections theory. Which is the third stage?

  • Children are able to cope with irregular inflections correctly
  • Children occasionally make virtuous errors when learning inflections but are mostly consistent

3. What is Bruner's 'Language Acquisition Support System (LASS)' theory?

  • Caregivers support child's linguistic development in social situations
  • Caregivers support a child language acquisition by giving them constant positive reinforcement
  • If caregivers do not interact with their child befor they reach 5-6 years, their language acquisition will be severely limited
  • Children learn language through imitating their caregivers

4. Which inflection does Brown suggest is easiest for a child to learn at 20 months?

  • Present (-ing)
  • Plural (-s)
  • Past (-ed)
  • Possessive (-s)

5. Which of these is not one of Halliday's seven language functions?

  • Heuristic
  • Imaginative
  • Personal
  • Regulatory
  • Telegraphic
  • Instrumental
  • Interactional
  • Representational

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