Talking Animal - Quiz On Historical Linguistics 1 (Week 9)

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  • 1. 
    The word ‘tomahawk’ is a borrowing from ____.
    • A. 

      Chinese

    • B. 

      Amerindian

    • C. 

      Swahili

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 2. 
    The word ‘cuisine’ is a borrowing from _____.
    • A. 

      Spanish

    • B. 

      German

    • C. 

      Italian

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 3. 
    Articulatory simplification involves simplification of ______.
    • A. 

      Complex clusters

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Geminates

    • D. 

      Compounds

  • 4. 
    The plural form ´geese´is due to ______.
    • A. 

      Ablaut

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Apophony

    • D. 

      Umlaut

  • 5. 
    Umlaut is a type of assimilation that applies _____.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      At a distance

    • C. 

      At random

    • D. 

      At close proximity

  • 6. 
    Palatalization is a type of _____.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      Assimilation

    • C. 

      Affrication

    • D. 

      Dissimilation

  • 7. 
    Assimilation is the most common type of ____.
    • A. 

      Sequential change

    • B. 

      Syntactic change

    • C. 

      None of these

    • D. 

      Analogical change

  • 8. 
    Dissimilation is a change whereby some segment becomes _____ another segment in its environment.
    • A. 

      More like

    • B. 

      The same as

    • C. 

      Less like

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 9. 
    The type of change that reflects the preference of speakers of regular patterns over irregular ones is called
    • A. 

      Analogy

    • B. 

      Assimilation

    • C. 

      None of these

    • D. 

      Adoption

  • 10. 
    Most sound changes begin as a subtle alterations in a particular
    • A. 

      Syntactic environment

    • B. 

      Phonetic environment

    • C. 

      Morphological environment

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 11. 
    In some dialects bring has developed a form ‘brung’ ____ with sting/ stung.
    • A. 

      By reanalysis

    • B. 

      By analogy

    • C. 

      None of these

    • D. 

      By contact

  • 12. 
    Dissimilation is a change whereby some segment becomes ____ another segment in its environment.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      The same as

    • C. 

      Less like

    • D. 

      More like

  • 13. 
    The modern pronunciation of the word ‘knight’ involves ____.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      Vowel deletion

    • C. 

      Vowel insertion

    • D. 

      Consonant deletion

  • 14. 
    Apocope involves the deletion of a ______.
    • A. 

      Word-initial vowel

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Word-final vowel

    • D. 

      Word-internal vowel

  • 15. 
    Syncope involves the deletion of a _____.
    • A. 

      Word-internal vowel

    • B. 

      Word-initial vowel

    • C. 

      Word-final

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 16. 
    The Great Vowel Shift was a massive sound change affecting _____.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      Diphthongs

    • C. 

      Short vowels

    • D. 

      Long vowels

  • 17. 
    Epenthesis involves the ____ of a sound in a particular environment.
    • A. 

      Deletion

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Insertion

    • D. 

      Neutralization

  • 18. 
    The form ‘chickenburger’ results from ____ of ‘hamburger’.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      A reanalysis

    • C. 

      Analogy

    • D. 

      Assimilation

  • 19. 
    Morphological reanalysis often involves an attempt to attribute a _____ to a word that was formerly not broken down.
    • A. 

      Compound structure

    • B. 

      Atomic structure

    • C. 

      Simplex structure

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 20. 
    The pronunciation of ‘thin’ as ‘fin’ in some dialects of English involves ____.
    • A. 

      Adjunction

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Voicing

    • D. 

      Substitution

  • 21. 
    Children produce past tense forms such as ‘goed’ by analogy with _____.
    • A. 

      Regular forms

    • B. 

      Irregular forms

    • C. 

      Productive forms

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 22. 
    Extensive borrowing can occur as a consequence of _____.
    • A. 

      Language isolation

    • B. 

      Language contact

    • C. 

      None of these

    • D. 

      Language maintenance

  • 23. 
    Metathesis involves a change in _______ of segments.
    • A. 

      The absolute positioning

    • B. 

      The environment

    • C. 

      The relative positioning

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 24. 
    Articulartory simplification involves simplification of ______.
    • A. 

      Geminates

    • B. 

      Complex clusters

    • C. 

      None of these

    • D. 

      Compounds

  • 25. 
    The sentence ‘He saw John and I’ involves ______.
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      Slang

    • C. 

      Hypercorrection

    • D. 

      Prescriptivism

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