Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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1. Which of these is not one of John Dore's eight language functions

  • Practising
  • Answering
  • Questioning
  • Protesting
  • Greeting
  • Labeling
  • Repeating
  • Requesting
  • Calling
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2. What is Bruner's 'Language Acquisition Support System (LASS)' theory?

  • Caregivers support child's linguistic development in social situations
  • 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
  • Caregivers support a child language acquisition by giving them constant positive reinforcement

3. What does Aitchison define 'network building' as in her 'Labeling, Packaging and Network Building' theory?

  • When a child makes connections between words (opposites and synonyms)
  • When a child forms a strong bond with their primary caregiver
  • When a child links a sound to an object
  • When a child begins to understand the range of meaning that a word might have

4. 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

5. What are Rescorla's two types of overextension?

  • Packaged and singular
  • Heurological and telegraphical
  • Categorical and analogical
  • Labelled and coordinated


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