Phonetics Quiz

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Phonetics Quiz

Phonetics is a branch of linguistics that studies how humans produce and perceive sounds, or in the case of sign languages, the equivalent aspects of sign. Phoneticians—linguists who specialize in phonetics—study the physical properties of speech. Take this interesting Phonetics quiz and learn interesting trivia.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
     Identify the transcription of the following word - sign 
    • A. 

      [sain]

    • B. 

      [sin]

    • C. 

      [sign] 

  • 2. 
    Identify the transcription of the following word - limb
    • A. 

      [limb]

    • B. 

      [lim]

    • C. 

      [laimb]

  • 3. 
    Identify the transcription of the following word - pint
    • A. 

      [pint]

    • B. 

      [pin]

    • C. 

      [paint]

  • 4. 
    Identify the transcription of the following word -  sill
    • A. 

      [sil]

    • B. 

      [sail]

    • C. 

      [sill]

  • 5. 
    Identify the transcription of the following word -  pretty
    • A. 

      [preti]

    • B. 

      [priti]

    • C. 

      [pritu]

  • 6. 
    Identify the proper highlighted word in the answer to the following question: Did you take a motorbike?
    • A. 

      No, I HIRED a motorbike.

    • B. 

      No, I hired a MOTORBIKE

    • C. 

      No, I HIRED A MOTORBIKE.

  • 7. 
    Identify the proper highlighted word in the answer to the following question: Did you hire a car?
    • A. 

      No, I HIRED a motorbike.

    • B. 

      No, I hired a MOTORBIKE.

    • C. 

      No, I HIRED A MOTORBIKE.

  • 8. 
    Speech melody is the variations in the _____of the voice.
    • A. 

      Loudness

    • B. 

      Pitch

    • C. 

      Timbre

  • 9. 
    The pitch change in the last stressed syllable and the following unstressed ones is called _____.
    • A. 

      Nuclear tone

    • B. 

      Head / Scale

    • C. 

      Pre-head

  • 10. 
    ______is a series of stressed and unstressed syllables that may be pitched variously starting with the first fully stressed syllable and ending before the last stressed syllable
    • A. 

      Nuclear tone

    • B. 

      Head / Scale

    • C. 

      Pre-head

  • 11. 
    ____ is all unstressed and partially stressed syllables preceding the first fully stressed one.
    • A. 

      Nuclear tone

    • B. 

      Head / Scale

    • C. 

      Pre-head

  • 12. 
    Any syllables between the Nucleus and the end of the tone-unit are called _____.
    • A. 

      Nuclear tone

    • B. 

      Tail

    • C. 

      Pre-head

  • 13. 
    The Scale (the Head) begins _______
    • A. 

      With an unstressed syllable

    • B. 

      With the last stressed one

    • C. 

      With the first stressed syllable

  • 14. 
    According to the direction of the pitch range kinetic tones may be ________ .
    • A. 

      Wide and narrow

    • B. 

      Fall, rise, fall-rise, rise-fall

    • C. 

      High, mid, low

  • 15. 
    A whole sentence or part of it having at least one accented word which carries a  marked change in pitch, and pronounced without any pause inside it is called    ___.
    • A. 

      A rhythmic group

    • B. 

      An intonation group

    • C. 

      A phrase

  • 16. 
    If the voice at the beginning of a syllable is higher than at its end, there is a _______ effect of a pitch change.
    • A. 

      Level

    • B. 

      Falling

    • C. 

      Rising

  • 17. 
    The Fall-Rise may cover several words. This form of it is called ______ .
    • A. 

      Unextended

    • B. 

      Complex

    • C. 

      Divided

  • 18. 
    Timber can be defined as ________.
    • A. 

      Loudness of the voice

    • B. 

      Tonal coloring of the speaker's voice

    • C. 

      Speed of speech

  • 19. 
    Tempo is ________.
    • A. 

      Periodic recurrence of rhythmic units

    • B. 

      Speed of speaking

    • C. 

      Relative degree of prominence

  • 20. 
    Rhythm is _______ .
    • A. 

      Variations of the pitch of the voice

    • B. 

      A time break between phonetic pieces

    • C. 

      Periodic recurrence of units of different size and level

  • 21. 
    According to the general contour of pitch movement over the Head, the Heads may be _______ .
    • A. 

      Descending, ascending, level

    • B. 

      Stepping, sliding, scandеnt

    • C. 

      One-peak, double-peak, several-peak

  • 22. 
    According to the pitch movement within each stress-group (rhythm group), Heads may be _______ .
    • A. 

      Descending, ascending, level

    • B. 

      Stepping, sliding, scandеnt

    • C. 

      One-peak, double-peak, several-peak

  • 23. 
    According to the distribution of relative prominence among the semantic items in the prenuclear part of an intonation group which is ultimately reflected in the number of full and partial stresses in the Head, we differentiate the following types of Heads _____.
    • A. 

      Descending, ascending, level

    • B. 

      Stepping, sliding, scandеnt

    • C. 

      One-peak, double-peak, several-peak

  • 24. 
    The head, formed with a series of stressed and unstressed syllables, each following stressed syllable being pronounced lower than the preceding one, is called _____.
    • A. 

      Sliding

    • B. 

      Descending

    • C. 

      Ascending

  • 25. 
    The head, formed with a series of stressed and unstressed syllables, each following stressed syllable being pronounced higher than the preceding one, is called ______.
    • A. 

      Descending

    • B. 

      Ascending

    • C. 

      Stepping

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