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  • 1. 
    Which psychologist was a pioneer of the behaviorist theory of language development?
    • A. 

      B.F. Skinner

    • B. 

      Theodor Adorno

    • C. 

      Sigmund Freud

    • D. 

      Carl Jung

  • 2. 
    The word "quarantine" comes from the French word for which number?
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      40

    • C. 

      30

    • D. 

      20

  • 3. 
    Loaned from Spanish and Portuguese, the word "mosquito" translates literally to what?
    • A. 

      Little Blood

    • B. 

      Little Drink

    • C. 

      Little Devil

    • D. 

      Little Fly

  • 4. 
    Which sub-discipline of linguistics focuses on the physical properties of speech?
    • A. 

      Morphology

    • B. 

      Phonetics

    • C. 

      Pragmatics

    • D. 

      Syntax

  • 5. 
    Which sub-discipline of linguistics focuses on the internal structures of words?
    • A. 

      Syntax

    • B. 

      Phonology

    • C. 

      Morphology

    • D. 

      Phonetics

  • 6. 
    Which sub-discipline of linguistics studies how context helps transmit meaning in language?
    • A. 

      Stylistics

    • B. 

      Morphology

    • C. 

      Phonetics

    • D. 

      Pragmatics

  • 7. 
    Which school of linguistics focuses on language as a tool?
    • A. 

      Structuralism

    • B. 

      Cognitive Linguistics

    • C. 

      Historicism

    • D. 

      Functionalism

  • 8. 
    "Brunch" and "spork" are examples of what kind of linguistic anomaly?
    • A. 

      Spoonerism

    • B. 

      Portmanteau

    • C. 

      Eggcorn

    • D. 

      Colloquialism

  • 9. 
    The words "Polish" (from Poland) and "polish" (shine) are examples of which of the following?
    • A. 

      Heterographs

    • B. 

      Capitonyms

    • C. 

      Synonyms

    • D. 

      Homophones

  • 10. 
    What is the term for a word that has little or no meaning, but has a grammatical use?
    • A. 

      Foundation Word

    • B. 

      Function Word

    • C. 

      Breaker Word

    • D. 

      Base Word

  • 11. 
    What linguistic term is sometimes defined as "the minimal unit carrying meaning"?
    • A. 

      Word

    • B. 

      Morpheme

    • C. 

      Root

    • D. 

      Clause

  • 12. 
    What is the linguistic term for the set of associations and feelings that a word evokes?
    • A. 

      Connotation

    • B. 

      Metrotation

    • C. 

      Erutation

    • D. 

      Denotation

  • 13. 
    What is the linguistic term for a sequence of two vowel sounds in the same syllable?
    • A. 

      Rhotacism

    • B. 

      Lallation

    • C. 

      Assibilation

    • D. 

      Diphthong

  • 14. 
    The "Great Vowel Shift" of English began in which century?
    • A. 

      14th

    • B. 

      16th

    • C. 

      15th

    • D. 

      13th

  • 15. 
    English is a member of which of language family?
    • A. 

      Romance

    • B. 

      Slavic

    • C. 

      Celtic

    • D. 

      Germanic

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