Sounds Of Language Knowledge Quiz

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Sounds Of Language Knowledge Quiz - Quiz

This Sounds of Language quiz is about the linguistic study of speech sounds. It covers the topics of phonology and phonetics in a balanced manner. So, what do you know about it? Well, take this quiz and see for yourself.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the phonetic notation system used to represent all of the phones in human speech?

    • A.

      IPI

    • B.

      API

    • C.

      APA

    • D.

      IPA

    Correct Answer
    D. IPA
    Explanation
    The correct answer is IPA. IPA stands for International Phonetic Alphabet, which is a phonetic notation system used to represent all of the phones in human speech. It is a standardized system that provides symbols for every sound used in any language, allowing linguists and language learners to accurately transcribe and study the sounds of different languages.

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  • 2. 

    Phonetics is the study and classification of speech sounds.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Phonetics is indeed the study and classification of speech sounds. It involves analyzing the physical properties of sounds, such as their production, transmission, and perception. This field of study helps linguists and speech scientists understand how sounds are produced and how they are perceived by different individuals and in different languages. Phonetics plays a crucial role in areas such as language acquisition, speech therapy, and linguistics research.

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  • 3. 

    Consonants sounds are all the letters of the alphabet that represents a basic speech sound produced by obstructing the breath in the vocal tract.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is incorrect because consonant sounds are not all the letters of the alphabet, but rather the speech sounds produced by obstructing the breath in the vocal tract. This means that not all letters of the alphabet represent consonant sounds, as some letters can represent vowel sounds as well. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 4. 

     Place of Articulation...

    • A.

      Describes how airflow is obstructed to make a sound

    • B.

      It refers to the location of the mouth where the sound is produced

    • C.

      Involves every sound that doesn't include voicing

    • D.

      Is not part of phonology

    Correct Answer
    B. It refers to the location of the mouth where the sound is produced
    Explanation
    Place of articulation refers to the location in the mouth where a sound is produced. Different sounds are made by obstructing the airflow at different points in the vocal tract, such as the lips, teeth, tongue, or palate. By changing the position of these articulators, different sounds can be created. This concept is an important part of phonetics and phonology, as it helps to classify and describe the sounds of language.

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  • 5. 

    Which one produces vibration?

    • A.

      /p/ and /v/

    • B.

      /k/ and /s/

    • C.

      /r/ and /n/

    • D.

       /θ/ and /m/

    Correct Answer
    C. /r/ and /n/
    Explanation
    The correct answer is /r/ and /n/. The /r/ sound is produced by vibrating the vocal cords, while the /n/ sound is produced by closing the nasal passage and allowing air to pass through the nose, causing vibration. Both of these sounds involve vibration in their production.

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  • 6. 

     Which words start with a voiceless sound?

    • A.

      Come

    • B.

      Birthday

    • C.

      Dance

    Correct Answer
    A. Come
    Explanation
    The word "Come" starts with a voiceless sound because the "c" in "Come" is pronounced as /k/, which is a voiceless sound.

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  • 7. 

    Manner of articulation...

    • A.

      Describes the place in which the sound is articulated. 

    • B.

       are sounds that cause your vocal cords to vibrate when they are pronounced 

    • C.

      Refers to how the air was shaped by articulators.

    Correct Answer
    C. Refers to how the air was shaped by articulators.
    Explanation
    Manner of articulation refers to how the air was shaped by articulators. This means that it describes the way in which the airflow is modified or obstructed by the speech organs (such as the tongue, lips, and teeth) to produce different sounds. It does not specifically refer to the place of articulation or the vibration of vocal cords.

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  • 8. 

    Vowel production...

    • A.

      Is the same as consonant production

    • B.

      Is produced with a relatively free flow of air

    • C.

      Consist of a combination of two vowel sounds

    Correct Answer
    B. Is produced with a relatively free flow of air
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is produced with a relatively free flow of air". This means that when producing vowels, there is a more open and unrestricted airflow compared to when producing consonants. Vowels are typically formed by shaping the vocal tract to allow air to flow freely, while consonants involve some form of constriction or obstruction in the airflow. Therefore, this answer accurately describes the difference between vowel and consonant production.

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  • 9. 

    An example of a fricative sound is /v/.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A fricative sound is produced by forcing air through a narrow passage in the vocal tract, causing friction and a hissing or buzzing sound. The sound /v/ is indeed a fricative sound because it is produced by bringing the lower lip into contact with the upper teeth, creating a narrow passage for the air to pass through. As the air is forced through this passage, it creates friction and produces the distinct sound of /v/. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 10. 

    An example of a palatal sound is /ʤ/.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement is true. /ʤ/ is an example of a palatal sound. Palatal sounds are produced when the middle part of the tongue contacts the hard palate, which is the roof of the mouth. /ʤ/ is the sound represented by the letter "j" in words like "jump" and "jelly." It is produced by bringing the middle part of the tongue into contact with the hard palate while simultaneously releasing a burst of air.

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  • 11. 

    THINK...

    • A.

      Labiodental

    • B.

      Velar

    • C.

      Bilabial

    • D.

      Dental

    Correct Answer
    D. Dental
    Explanation
    The given options are different types of consonant sounds. Among these options, "Dental" is the correct answer. Dental consonants are produced by placing the tongue against the upper teeth. The other options, "Labiodental," "Velar," and "Bilabial," refer to different articulation points. Labiodental consonants involve the lower lip and upper teeth, velar consonants are produced by the back of the tongue against the soft part of the roof of the mouth, and bilabial consonants involve both lips.

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  • 12. 

    "Mother"...

    • A.

      Stop

    • B.

      Nasal

    • C.

      Glides

    • D.

      Affricative

    Correct Answer
    B. Nasal
    Explanation
    The word "Mother" contains a nasal sound. Nasal sounds are produced by allowing air to flow through the nose while blocking the oral cavity. In the word "Mother," the "n" sound is a nasal sound because the air flows out through the nose. Therefore, the correct answer is "Nasal."

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  • 13. 

    Is the word "Light" a diphthong?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A diphthong is a combination of two vowel sounds within a single syllable. The word "Light" does not have two vowel sounds within a single syllable, so it is not a diphthong. Therefore, the correct answer should be False.

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  • 14. 

    Voiced-alveolar-nasal...

    • A.

      Bed

    • B.

      Knot

    • C.

      Small

    Correct Answer
    B. Knot
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Knot" because the word "knot" contains the voiced-alveolar-nasal sound /n/. The other options, "bed" and "small," do not contain this specific sound.

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