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phonemes

basic speech sounds with no meaning

ex. sh, ph, ee

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morphemes

the smallest carrier of meaning, phonemes combined to create meaning

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phrase

words grouped together to create a single unit of syntax in a sentence

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syntax

an element of grammar that dictates the rules for phrase/sentence construction

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grammar

rules for using a given language, interrelating morphemes and syntax

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morphology

grammar rules, the understanding of how to group morphemes

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prosody

the perception of tone inflections, accents, and emotional aspects of language that carry meaning

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Who is considered the most important person in psycholinguistics?

Noam Chomsky

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What did Chomsky's transformational grammar differentiate?

surface structure and deep structure of language

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You can change the ______ structure of a sentence without altering the _____ structure, or the meaning.

surface; deep

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Why would Chomsky say it is easier for children to learn a foreign language than adults?

Because children have an inborn "language acquisition device," they are able to adapt to and incorporate new grammar rules into their own speech production.

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What is occurring when a child says "I hided the toy from Bobby"?

overgeneralization or overregularization

Children often use previously learned grammar rules for all situations, even if they are incorrect. Improper conjugation of verb tenses is a common example of this.

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A child who calls every fuzzy, four-legged object a kitty is exhibiting what?

overextension

Children frequently associate words with characteristics of an object without logically understanding the finer distinctions, for example the ones between kitties and doggies.

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"Me want cookie" is an example of what type of speech?

telegraphic speech

A way to remember this is that the speech lacks the flourish of a written letter, but is instead barebones and only conveys necessity, like a telegraph.

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This type of speech is comprised of one word that conveys the meaning of an entire sentence.

holophrastic speech

The one-word sentences are called holophrases.

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Do boys or girls acquire language more quickly and accurately?

girls

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Are children raised in bilingual environments faster or slower to learn language?

slower

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What parts of speech do children produce first?

nouns first, then verbs

Telegraphic speech usually contains one of both, like "mama go."

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Describe language in children by year from one to four.

  1. first spoken word/words
  2. 50+ word vocabulary, typically telegraphic phrases
  3. larger vocabulary (roughly 1000 words), but frequent grammatical errors
  4. grammar mistakes like overregularization are uncommon

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What was suggested by Benjamin Whorf's research on the Hopi language?

Perspectives among a given culture are informed by language itself. This is also known as the Whorfian hypothesis (or the linguistic relativity hypothesis).

Simply put, this hypothesis states that language determines thought.

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What did Roger Brown find regarding children's language acquisition?

He found that children improve their understanding of language and grammar as they hypothesize about syntax and synthesize those hypotheses with their real-world language experience.

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What did Katherine Nelson find regarding children's language acquisition?

Children learn language more rapidly after the onset of speech production (active speech) than they do while simply hearing it.

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Whose research on Ebonics found that it was not incorrect English, but rather a dialect with its own complex internal structure?

William Labov

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According to Vygotsky and Luria, do words mean the same thing to all people?

No. They found that word meanings are different for different people, affected by life experience.

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How did Charles Osgood's semantic differential charts support Vygotsky and Luria's theory?

They showed that people with related interests and backgrounds defined words similarly.

As Vygotsky and Luria posited, different groups of people have different understandings of word connotations.

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Where language acquisition was concerned, Chomsky is a _______.

nativist

He argued that the capacity to acquire language was innate, rather than learned.

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What is the learning theory of language?

Learning theory proposes that we learn language through conditioning and modeling. B.F. Skinner was a learning theorist.

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What is the cognitive developmental theory of language?

This is the belief that toward the end of the sensorimotor stage of development, children develop a capacity for symbolic thinking, which allows language acquisition as the child's cognitive capacities increase. Jean Piaget was a proponent of this theory.

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How does being raised bilingual (native bilingual) impact executive functioning?

People who are native bilingual have to learn to inhibit responses in whichever language they are not using at any given time.  Resarch indicates that being native bilingual confers the benefit of developing better executive functioning than monolinguals have.