Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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

  • Children understand more phonemes than they can produce
  • Children find it easier to understand the correct names of verbs that they can physically do themselves
  • Children use more phonemes than they can understand
  • Children find it easier to understand and learn the correct names of nouns that they can physically touch
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2. 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 speaks aloud to themself to help them to practice their language
  • A child needs caregivers to help them interact
  • Language isn't taught and is a natural development

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

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

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

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

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

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


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