Homework:  Language

Name: _________________________

1.    After returning from a shopping trip with his mother, little Tommy said to his dad, "I goed to the store and eated candy". What might a behaviorist like B. F. Skinner have some difficulty explaining Tommy’s incorrect grammatical construction? What do Tommy's errors suggest about the process of language acquisition?

2.    Describe Whorf's linguistic relativity hypothesis with respect to the relationship between thought and language.  Give an example based on your experiences with foreign language classes at school.















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