MTEL Reading Specialist: Language Acquisition Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What is a 'sign' in the linguistic field?

Question 2 2. What does semantics determine?

Question 3 3. Which theory places the most emphasis on social interaction in the development of language?

Question 4 4. Which of the following statements is a critique of the nativist theory of language development?

Question 5 5. The component of language that involves the rules of structure and speech sounds is called _____.

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Question 6 6.

Brandon is a toddler whose vocabulary consists of labels, such as 'doggie' for all four-legged animals and 'ball' for anything round. His neighbor Cara, who is a few months older, says 'thank you' when given something, and 'good doggie' when she sees the family pet respond to a command.


Brandon exhibits the _____ language style, while Cara is developing _____ language.

Question 7 7. Which word or term describes the subtle differences in meaning or shades of meaning we associate with words?

Question 8 8. Semantics means:

Question 9 9. Leo is in the two-word period of linguistic development. He's able to say short phrases like 'play dog' and 'food mommy'. What likely age is Leo?

Question 10 10. How are expressive language and receptive language different?

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Question 11 11. The component of language that involves two parts, syntax and morphology is known as _____ development.

Question 12 12. Which of the following factors support the nativist theory of language development?

Question 13 13. Which of the following statements is NOT a nativist perspective on language development?

Question 14 14. Who proposed that children are born with a language acquisition device?

Question 15 15. Josh is talking with his teacher; each time the teacher is talking, Josh waits for him to stop before he starts talking again. Which component of language is represented in this example?

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Question 16 16. All of the following are characteristics of pre-linguistic language development, EXCEPT:

Question 17 17. The idea of the Language Acquisition Device, developed by Noam Chomsky, could be described as:

Question 18 18. Every time young Haley says the word 'teddy,' she is given her favorite stuffed bear, which reinforces her understanding and continued use of the word for getting the toy. According to behaviorist theory, this is an example of:

Question 19 19. The main theorist of nativist theory is:

Question 20 20. How do children learn syntax?

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Question 21 21. All of the following statements are true about language development in children EXCEPT:

Question 22 22. Which of the following statements describes children's language development in Asian cultures?

Question 23 23. Which of the following statements about pre-linguistic speech is FALSE?

Question 24 24. What is the best method of distinguishing between literal meaning and figurative meaning?

Question 25 25. When baby Terrell says 'wa-wa-wa' and points to a cup, his mother responds with 'you want water,' and reinforces his learning by giving him a drink of water. This is an example of the _____ perspective of language development.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Language Acquisition Chapter Exam Instructions

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