Year 13: English Language Revision quiz on Acquisition

9 June 2009

English Language A Level Revision Quiz – key theories

Explain what these terms mean which Michael Halliday uses for his taxonomy:

Instrumental use of language

What were John Dore’s complaints about Halliday’s taxonomy? He replaced them with:
Labelling, repeating, answering, requesting action, calling, greeting, protesting, practising

Why is very important to consider the SOCIAL function of language when analysing children’s speech? What is the difference between interactional and transactional uses of language?
What is overextension? What is underextension?
What is overgeneralisation?
The different stages: fill in the following chart

For each of these ages, make notes on the following: Pragmatics/ Syntax/Morphology/Lexis/Semantics/Phonology:


9-18 months

18 months-2 years

2-2 and a half years

2 and a half to 3 years
3-3 and a half

3 and a half to 4 years

4 and a half onwards

6. What are the main arguments of the different theorists? Noam Chomsky, B.F Skinner, Piaget, and Vygotski

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