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 learns language through constant practice with their caregiver
  • 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
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2. What is Lenneberg's 'Critical Age Hypothesis' Theory?

  • 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.
  • Without linguistic practice before the ages of 5-6 years, language acquisition is severely limited
  • At the ages of 5-6 years, it is critical that they understand the difference between spoken and written language
  • 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)

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

  • Practising
  • Calling
  • Protesting
  • Repeating
  • Greeting
  • Labeling
  • Questioning
  • Answering
  • Requesting

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

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

5. What is Berko and Brown's 'fis phenomenon'?

  • Children find it easier to understand and learn the correct names of nouns that they can physically touch
  • Children find it easier to understand the correct names of verbs that they can physically do themselves
  • Children understand more phonemes than they can produce
  • Children use more phonemes than they can understand

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