Langauge-Theories, Applications and Issues (GRE Psychology): Questions 1 - 4 of 5

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Question number: 1

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“Language is not coordinated with thought in young children, but eventually language is used in most private thought. ” This statement summarizes a theory of

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Whorf

b.

Vygotsky

c.

von Frisch

d.

Zipf

Question number: 2

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The Whorfian hypothesis points that

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a.

a culture’s language structure influences how the speakers perceive reality

b.

two closely related species will develop different breeding seasons

c.

a diagnostic label influences how others interpret an individual’s behavior

d.

the way an eyewitness is questioned may affect his memory of events

Question number: 3

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Noam Chomsky posited that humans have a unique, inborn ability to understand the structure of language and to apply this to language learning. Chomsky called this the

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Choice (4) Response

a.

collective endowment device

b.

prosody index

c.

language acquisition device

d.

innate surface structure ability

Question number: 4

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Chomsky’s contribution to the understanding of language acquisition was the idea that:

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a.

Language is too complex to learn bit by bit, so there must be a “mental module” in the brain that allows young children to develop language

b.

there is a critical period for learning language

c.

children go through different stages of language development

d.

language is learned bit by bit, as one might learn a list of U. S. presidents

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