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Language Theory & Development Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. A believer in _____ might point to certain universalities in grammar across languages.

Question 2 2. What would a person who believes in discontinuity theory be most likely to say?

Question 3 3. What does it mean to be interested in language development?

Question 4 4. In 2010, a flood suddenly wiped out almost all of the speakers of _____.

Question 5 5. Which of the following languages was abandoned as a result of bilingualism?

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Question 6 6. What is a dead language? Choose the BEST answer

Question 7 7. A lingua franca is a language used for communication between people with different _____.

Question 8 8. Why did Latin become such a widespread lingua franca in its day, spreading throughout the Mediterranean and parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia?

Question 9 9. Which is the only language intentionally designed as a lingua franca rather than as someone's native language or one developing naturally from contact?

Question 10 10. What determines whether a language will be part of a large family or not?

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Question 11 11. What is vocabulary?

Question 12 12. What two terms are key to defining what language is?

Question 13 13. Which of the following explicates how recursion works in language?

Question 14 14. Which of the following questions best represents a question about the reliability of language?

Question 15 15. Who has been a prominent proponent of recursion as a universal property of language?

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Question 16 16. The fact that language acquisition happens rapidly in children, but takes much longer in adults, give credence to the idea that

Question 17 17. What is an idea included in the universal theory of grammar?

Question 18 18. Chomsky believed that rules for language acquisition are _____.

Question 19 19. Morphology is defined as the

Question 20 20. Phonology is the

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Question 21 21. What is defined as a sound, or set of sounds, that make a difference in the meaning of a language, but has no meaning on its own?

Question 22 22. What is linguistics?

Question 23 23. What was the term Chomsky coined people's innate ability to learn language?

Question 24 24. How did scientists such as Jean Piaget and B.H. Skinner believe that people came to understand the meaning or words and sentence structure?

Question 25 25. Some theories on the origin of language believe that language developed to _____ after communities got to large to bond through grooming alone.

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Question 26 26. Which theory on the origin of human language believes that language developed gradually as humans evolved, growing in complexity as each one of a number of features changed, making spoken language easier and increasing the variety of sounds available?

Question 27 27. Which of the following is evidence used in gesture theories for the formation of human language?

Question 28 28. Which of the following is an example of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?

Question 29 29. Which of the following terms refers to the values, norms, and beliefs of a society?

Question 30 30. Who created the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?

Language Theory & Development Chapter Exam Instructions

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