On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Linguistic Feedback (pages 3, 4)
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Language acquisition assignment
1.What is the difference between Skinner's behaviorist theory and Chomsky's Universal Grammar theory of language acquisition?
2.What is the "silent" period in language acquisition/learning?
3.How could language acquisition be thought of as an instinctual process?
4.Briefly describe the three perspectives of language acquisition?
5.How do Skinner and Chomsky differ in their views on language as an instinct?
6.What are some critiques of Chomsky's Universal Grammar Theory?
7.Figure A is a hand-drawn panel used from which famous linguistics experiment? What were the findings from this experiment?
8.What is the difference between a language and a dialect, according to linguists?
9.What are linguistic feedback, nonlinguistic feedback, and paralinguistic feedback?
10.Describe Jean Piaget's contributions to our modern understanding of cognitive development in children.
11.What is meant by "scaffolding" in second language learning?
12.What is maternal language?