Language Acquisition Theorists Quiz

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1. 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 understand more phonemes than they can produce
  • Children use more phonemes than they can understand
  • Children find it easier to understand the correct names of verbs that they can physically do themselves
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2. Which inflection does Brown suggest is easiest for a child to learn at 20 months?

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

3. 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

4. What is Lenneberg's 'Critical Age Hypothesis' Theory?

  • At the ages of 5-6 years, it is critical that they understand the difference between spoken and written language
  • 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
  • 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)

5. 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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