“Scottish English is rhotic.” Why, from a sociolinguistic perspective, is this statement overly simplistic and misleading?


Section 1. Sociolinguistics. Give TWO answers from this section.

  1. “Scottish English is rhotic.” Why, from a sociolinguistic perspective, is this statement overly simplistic and misleading?
  2. What does a sociolinguistic perspective contribute to our understanding of child language acquisition? Discuss with examples of how children do and don’t sound like their primary caregivers.
  3. What are the main factors external to the grammar itself that have been shown to condition sociolinguistic differences? Give examples from English.

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

  1. Discuss how a model of speech production can provide an explanation of how speakers progress from developing the concept of what they intend to say to producing a plan for articulation.
  2. People make mistakes when they speak; they can usually detect and correct them. Discuss how a model of speech production might describe the process of detecting the errors.
  3. With examples, describe the forms that phonological speech errors can take and what regularities can be observed in these forms.

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

  1. Explain the ‘lack of invariance’ problem and giving reasons why it poses problems for models of speech comprehension.
  2. How do activation and inhibition work together in the TRACE model of speech comprehension.
  3. What kinds of comprehension difficulty are presented by sentences like : “She told me a little white lie will come back to haunt me”? Discuss two ways in which models of speech comprehension might process sentences like this.

Section 4. Bilingualism Give TWO answers from this section.

  1. Who is a bilingual? Discuss important aspects that should be taken into account when describing a bilingual person.
  2. “Raising children bilingually is difficult as they often become confused by the two languages”. Discuss this statement.
  3. Two bilingual individuals presented with aphasia, one showing a parallel recovery pattern and the other one showing a differential recovery pattern. Discuss what difference the recovery patterns would make to your approach to therapy.
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