Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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

  • A child needs caregivers to help them interact
  • Children begin to understand the concept of object permanence at a young age
  • A child speaks aloud to themself to help them to practice their language
  • Language isn't taught and is a natural development
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2. Which inflection does Brown suggest is easiest for a child to learn at 20 months?

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

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

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

4. What is Berko's 'Wug' test theory?

  • Children are aware of the difference between spoken and written language
  • Children hear the correct usage of the plural inflection -s, so often that it was second nature to apply it to a noun they had never heard before
  • Parents point at something and ask a child to name it and this helps a child to develop their language
  • Children start to learn the range of meanings that a word might have

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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