Universal Grammar Theory: Definition & Examples


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What is the term to describe the smallest unit of speech that differentiates one word from another?

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1. Universal Grammar Theory can be described as which of the following?

2. Which of the following is a simple definition of grammar?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of Universal Grammar Theory and the vocabulary surrounding the theory. Some of the vocabulary terms you'll be assessed on include grammar and poverty of stimulus.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to identify and define:

  • The smallest unit of speech
  • Universal Grammar Theory
  • Grammar
  • Poverty of Stimulus
  • Developer of this theory

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 Universal Grammar Theory lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as poverty of stimulus and grammar
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who developed Universal Grammar Theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about units of speech

Additional Learning

To learn more about this interesting theory on how humans learn language, review the accompanying lesson called Universal Grammar Theory: Definition & Examples. This educational psychology lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define terms associated with Universal Grammar Theory such as phoneme and poverty of stimulus
  • Identify the founder of Universal Grammar Theory
  • Explain Universal Grammar Theory using examples