English Language Analysis: Terminology Trivia Quiz

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Check out this quiz including English language analysis terminology trivia questions and answers quiz related to the different English terminologies, including polysemy, homographs, etymology, etc. The English language is made of thousands of words, and if you consider yourself a linguist, you are expected to know what most of them mean. Are you looking for a way to test out how wide your vocabulary goes? This quiz is the best challenge for you. How about you give it a try and see what new words you will learn. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is slang?
    • A. 

      Jargon and made up words from a foreign land.

    • B. 

      Informal verbal communication that is generally unacceptable for formal writing

    • C. 

      Is the non-continual and never-changing use and definition of words in informal conversation, often using references as a means of comparison or showing likeness.

    • D. 

      Complete disregard of the english language by using formal words in a proper setting.

  • 2. 
    Definition of polysemous is
    • A. 

      Words that have multiple meanings.

    • B. 

      Words that have only one meaning.

    • C. 

      Words that have mutiple meanings and spellings.

    • D. 

      A word that has no meaning

  • 3. 
    What is root?
    • A. 

      Foundations of all words that came before it.

    • B. 

      A word that contains prefixes.

    • C. 

      The form of a word after all affixes are removed.

    • D. 

      A word that contains suffix and prefix at the same time

  • 4. 
    Bound Morphone is
    • A. 

      A morpheme which never occurs alone but is attached to other morphemes.

    • B. 

      A morpheme which always occurs alone but is not attached to other morphemes.

    • C. 

      A morpheme which always occurs and is attached to other morphemes.

    • D. 

      A morpheme that is unattached to other morphemes but always occurs alone.

  • 5. 
    Homographs are
    • A. 

      Words that are spelled identically and pronouced differently.

    • B. 

      Words that are spelled identically and possibly pronounced the same or not.

    • C. 

      Words that are spelled differently and pronouced the same.

    • D. 

      Words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently.

  • 6. 
    Homophones are
    • A. 

      Words that are pronounced differently and spelled the same, but have the same meaning.

    • B. 

      Words that are spelled the same and pronounced differently.

    • C. 

      Words that are pronounced and possibly spelled the same, but with a different meaning.

    • D. 

      Words that have one meaning but are spelled and prounounced differently.

  • 7. 
    Lexicon
    • A. 

      A dictionary for people who speak at public events.

    • B. 

      A speakers mental dictionary.

    • C. 

      New vocabulary words.

    • D. 

      Internet jargon

  • 8. 
    Morpheme is
    • A. 

      The smallest unit of linguistic meaning or function.

    • B. 

      A unit of measuring syllables in poetry.

    • C. 

      The structure of vowel pronouncation.

    • D. 

      The largest unit of linguistic meaning or function.

  • 9. 
    Morphology is
    • A. 

      The science of breaking down sentence structure and meaning.

    • B. 

      The identification, analysis and description of the structure of pro-nouns and other units of meaning in a language such as words, affixes, parts of speech, intonation/stress, or unidentified context.

    • C. 

      A chronological order of the structure of word formation.

    • D. 

      A sub-field of linguistics that studies internal structure of words and relationships among words

  • 10. 
    Ebonics is
    • A. 

      Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian base languages.

    • B. 

      Languages of Europe belong to the Indo-European language family.

    • C. 

      An alternative term used in 1997 for various dialects of the African-American English.

    • D. 

      A language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages.

  • 11. 
    Etymology defines
    • A. 

      The history of words; the study of the history of words.

    • B. 

      The history of language; the study of the history of language.

    • C. 

      The study of language and history of words.

    • D. 

      The study of the history of language.

  • 12. 
    Phonology is
    • A. 

      Phonology is the study of how sounds are used in natural languages in North America.

    • B. 

      Sounds in relation to regional language dialects.

    • C. 

      The study of word sounds and the development of language arts.

    • D. 

      The sub-field of linguistics that studies structure and systematic pattering of sounds in human language

  • 13. 
    Pragmatics defines
    • A. 

      The technical term meaning, roughly, what the person speaking or writing actually meant, rather than what the words themselves mean.

    • B. 

      Slow progression into the meaning of actual text.

    • C. 

      Thinking and writing what is actually meant and understanding what is actually meant by those words.

    • D. 

      A new way to figure out what the text means, rather than reading between the lines of the acutal text.

  • 14. 
    Semantics is
    • A. 

      The deciphering of anicent codes.

    • B. 

      Finding the correct meaning instead of the broad definition.

    • C. 

      The study of meaning, reference, truth, and related notions.

    • D. 

      The study of linguistics of English writing and literature.

  • 15. 
    Syntax defines
    • A. 

      The rules for sentences that apply to all writing and dialog.

    • B. 

      The rules of sentence formation; the component of mental grammar and structure of phrases and sentences.

    • C. 

      The underlying meaning hidden in text in books.

    • D. 

      The planning and use of words in grammar and structure of sentences and phrases.

  • 16. 
    Antonym is
    • A. 

      The word of seperate meanings.

    • B. 

      The word of equal meaning.

    • C. 

      The word of same meaning.

    • D. 

      The word of opposite meaning.

  • 17. 
    Acronym
    • A. 

      A word formed by adding the intial letters of to a sentence.

    • B. 

      A word formed by combining the initial letters of a series or related words.

    • C. 

      A word deleted by addition of letters and numbers.

    • D. 

      A word that is created by adding intial letters to the beginning and end of a word.

  • 18. 
    Phrases are
    • A. 

      A group of words containing a subject and predicate.

    • B. 

      A group of words that do not contain a subject or predicate.

    • C. 

      A word that only contain a subject.

    • D. 

      A word that only contains a predicate.

  • 19. 
    Creole
    • A. 

      Languge that is created by local populance to become the offical language of the region.

    • B. 

      Language that is formed from the local populace to become the standard speech of the community.

    • C. 

      A southern form of dialect, spoken in the south of America.

    • D. 

      Pidgin language that has become the establish as the native language of a speech community.

  • 20. 
    Connotation
    • A. 

      A new meaning that goes along with the suggested meanings.

    • B. 

      An additional, suggested meaning as opposed to a literal, direct meaning.

    • C. 

      The literal direct meaning of a word.

    • D. 

      An additional, meaning of a word that are the same as the literal, direct meaning.

  • 21. 
    Cognate
    • A. 

      Words that have the same root but different orgin.

    • B. 

      Words that have the opposite linguistic root or orgin.

    • C. 

      Words that have the same linguistic root or origin.

    • D. 

      Words that have the opposite root but same orgin.

  • 22. 
    Denotation
    • A. 

      The literal direct meaning of a word.

    • B. 

      The literal opposite meaning of a word.

    • C. 

      A word with no direct meaning.

    • D. 

      A way to write the direct meaning of a word.

  • 23. 
    Metonymy
    • A. 

      A direct challenge to the reader through the text.

    • B. 

      A figure of speech that has nothing to do with the place or item mentioned.

    • C. 

      A figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that of another.

    • D. 

      The crossing of two figures of speech in the same sentence.

  • 24. 
    Orthography
    • A. 

      The inclusion of maps in a book.

    • B. 

      The representation of sounds of written or printed symbols.

    • C. 

      The art of reading words that have to do with language and spelling.

    • D. 

      The art of writing words with proper letters according to the standard usage.

  • 25. 
    Synonym
    • A. 

      One of two or more words or expressions of the same language that have similar meanings.

    • B. 

      One or two more words or expressions of the same laguague that have opposite meanings.

    • C. 

      Words that have similar meanings but are from opposite languages.

    • D. 

      Three words that mean the same thing.

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