Give an outline of a typical modular model of speech production, describing the functions of the series of modules that are needed to convert an intention into articulation.

 

  1. Sociolinguistic statements often concern the behaviour of “older working class men” for example. What are some drawbacks of research that studies social categories such as sex, age-group, or social class and how might social network or community of practice approaches address these?
  2. A study of young adults who had grown up in Shetland revealed that their accent contained elements influenced by their parents and by the community around them. Describe the main patterns that were found for the initial stop voicing contrast (/ptk/ vs. /bdg/).
  3. How does rhoticity vary in Scotland, from a sociolinguistic perspective?

Section 2. Production of Speech and Language. Give TWO answers from this section.

  1. Give an outline of a typical modular model of speech production, describing the functions of the series of modules that are needed to convert an intention into articulation.
  2. To err is human; but once you have made a mistake in speech, how might the speech production mechanism detect it?
  3. Discuss some of the regularities that can be observed in phonological speech errors.

Section 3. Comprehension of Speech and Language. Give TWO answers from this section.

  1. How can top down information help a listener to identify words in running speech?
  2. How do activation and inhibition work to enable word recognition in the TRACE model of speech comprehension?
  3. Discuss how different models of sentence processing would account for the difficulties that occur in understanding sentences like the following: “The cotton clothing is made of grows in Mississippi.”

Section 4. Bilingualism Give TWO answers from this section.

  1. Discuss how the social status of the languages involved might affect bilingual language development.
  2. Explain the single systems hypothesis of bilingual lexical development
  3. Outline the different recovery patterns for bilingual aphasia.

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