Linguistics: Language Development in Children


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

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

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of language development in children. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include theories related to language development, as well as several components of language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The theorist who claimed children are born with language instincts
  • Theory that proposes children learn language through social interactions
  • Component of language involving rules of structure and speech sounds
  • Syntax and morphology
  • Language component related to rules

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on language development in children
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding language development in children and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding different components of language
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about theories concerning how children are born with, or acquire, language skills

Additional Learning

To learn more about language development, review the accompanying lesson titled Linguistics: Language Development in Children. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how language develops in children
  • Define linguistics
  • Identify two major theoretical perspectives of language development
  • Differentiate between the Interactionist approach and the Nativist approach to language development
  • Know contributions to language development theories
  • Identify four main components of language