Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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1. What is Chomsky's 'Language Acquisition Device (LAD)' theory?

  • Without linguistic interaction between the ages of 4-5 years, language development is severely limited
  • Children acquire the ability to learn language through interacting with children of a similar age
  • Language isn't taught and is instead a natural development
  • Children need to develop certain mental abilities before they can acquire particular aspects of language
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2. Which of these is not one of Halliday's seven language functions?

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

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

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

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

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

5. 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


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