Linguistics Quiz: How Much You Know About Linguistics?

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Welcome to a brief linguistics quiz. This quiz is for someone majoring in English and for everyone interested in linguistics. It contains different questions about the study of language, phonemes, and the theory of language. So, jump right in, and enjoy the quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    It is the study of the meaning of languages.
    • A. 

      Phonetics

    • B. 

      Syntax

    • C. 

      Linguistics

    • D. 

      Semantics

  • 2. 
    What is the study of language as it pertains to social classes, ethnic groups, and genders?
    • A. 

      Psycholinguistics

    • B. 

      Comparative linguistics

    • C. 

      Sociolinguistics

    • D. 

      Linguistics

  • 3. 
    It is the study of language from a cognitive and developmental law.
    • A. 

      Psycholinguistics

    • B. 

      Sociolinguistics

    • C. 

      Comparative linguistics

    • D. 

      Linguistics

  • 4. 
    The English language begins with the Anglo-Saxons.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Julius Caesar, Duke of Normandy, invades and conquers England in 1066.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    At the top of the throat is the opening to the nasal passages called the ___________.
  • 7. 
    We can also use the upper teeth with the lower lip, for _________ sounds. This is how we make an f sound.
    • A. 

      Uvular

    • B. 

      Labiodental

    • C. 

      Velar

    • D. 

      Nasal

  • 8. 
    We also have two names for the parts of the tongue used with these various parts of the mouth:  The front edge is called the _______, sounds like t, th, and s are made with this.
    • A. 

      Corona

    • B. 

      Dorsum

    • C. 

      Labiodental

    • D. 

      Dental

  • 9. 
    What is the study of languages?
    • A. 

      Phonetics

    • B. 

      Syntax

    • C. 

      Linguistics

    • D. 

      Semantics

  • 10. 
    Phonetics is the study of the sounds of language. What do we call these sounds?
    • A. 

      Morphemes

    • B. 

      Phonemes

    • C. 

      Syntax

    • D. 

      Lexicology

  • 11. 
    In 1348, English replaced Latin as the language of instruction in most schools.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
       Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1660.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    French replaced English as the language of the law.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    In the vocal tract, the speech starts with the _________, which push air out (carbon dioxide) and pull it in (oxygen).
  • 15. 
    Next, we have the larynx or voice box. It sits at the juncture of the __________ or windpipe coming up from the lungs and esophagus coming up from the stomach.
  • 16. 
    The vocal cords can be tightened and loosened and can vibrate when air is past them, creating sounds called ________. Examples include the consonants b, d, g, v, z, and r.
  • 17. 
    • Other phonemes do not involve the vocal cords, and there is no vibration, such as the consonants h, t, s, p, k, l, and f is called _________.
  • 18. 
    • These are sounds made with air passing through the nose. Examples include the m, n, and ng sound of sing.
    • A. 

      Nasal

    • B. 

      Uvula

    • C. 

      Velum

    • D. 

      Bilabial

  • 19. 
    The sounds are made by holding the lips together and then releasing the sound, such as p and b.
    • A. 

      Liquid

    • B. 

      Nasal

    • C. 

      Bilabial

    • D. 

      Bilabial nasal

  • 20. 
    And the back edge  is called the _________. It sounds k, g, and ng are made with this.
    • A. 

      Corona

    • B. 

      Dorsum

    • C. 

      Labiodental

    • D. 

      Dental

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