Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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1. What is Piaget's 'Cognitive Approach' theory?

  • If a child mispronounces a word, their caregiver will continue to repeat the word until the child pronounces it correctly
  • A child needs to develop certain mental abilities before they can acquire particular aspects of language
  • A child learns language through practicing their speech alone
  • A child learns language through constant practice with their caregiver
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2. What is Lenneberg's 'Critical Age Hypothesis' Theory?

  • Without linguistic practice before the ages of 5-6 years, language acquisition is severely limited
  • If a child is learning a second language, it is critical that they are exposed to it before the ages of 5-6 years in order for them to learn the language more easily.
  • When a child is in the womb, the child must be exposed to some form of language in order for them to develop the Language Acquisition Device (LAD)
  • At the ages of 5-6 years, it is critical that they understand the difference between spoken and written language

3. What is Vygotsky's 'Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD' theory?

  • Children begin to understand the concept of object permanence at a young age
  • A child needs caregivers to help them interact
  • Language isn't taught and is a natural development
  • A child speaks aloud to themself to help them to practice their language

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

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

5. 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

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