Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages


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Which of the following is an argument against Noam Chomsky's theory of universal language?

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1. Which statement correctly compares the function of Broca's area and Wernicke's area?

2. A seven month old baby repeatedly babbles 'bababa' and 'dadada'. This is an example of

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Language acquisition is a complex process that begins at birth. This quiz and worksheet will help you to assess your understanding of what scientists believe about language learning, how the brain acquires language and how babies' vocabularies grow.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This practice quiz will test you on key language acquisition concepts, such as:

  • Current beliefs about language acquisition in the fields of linguistics and psychology
  • The function of each area of the brain involved in learning a language
  • Various stages of infant language acquisition

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding linguists' and scientists' theories of language acquisition and interpret them correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as phonemes and overextending language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language acquisition process

Additional Learning

To learn more about how we acquire language, review the accompanying lesson called Language Acquisition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Summarizes the debates that exist surrounding how humans acquire language
  • Explains Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar
  • Identifies the parts of the brain involved in language production and understanding
  • Discusses how speakers distinguish the sounds of their native language and foreign languages
  • Details the five stages of language acquisition in infants