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Basic Linguistics

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Basic Linguistics game quiz
"Owing to the fact that my other linguistics quiz is too hard (!), I have decided to write a simpler one. It concentrates less on the theoretical side of linguistics."

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1. Firstly, to which of these language groups does English belong?
    Romance
    Germanic
    Slavonic
    Baltic


2. In the sentence 'I took my big brown cat to the vet yesterday', which of the following does *not* appear?
    Adjective
    Conjunction
    Adverb
    Preposition


3. True or false: English has no inflections for grammatical case.
    True
    False


4. What is defined as 'the study of sentence structure'?
    Semantics
    Morphology
    Syntax
    Phonology


5. Three of these languages do not have definite articles. Which one does have a structure that serves the purpose of a definite article?
    Finnish
    Russian
    Swedish
    Latin


6. In dialectology, what is the line on a map called which divides areas with different forms of a word?
    Isogloss
    Isotherm
    Isobar
    Isomer


7. The sounds of a language change over time. English spelling does not always reflect this change: how was the 'gh' in 'night' originally pronounced?
    Like German 'ch' in 'ich', but voiced
    Like English 'ch' in 'church'
    Like English 'y' in 'yellow'
    Like German 'ch' in 'ich'


8. Which of these words describes the changing of the form of a verb in order to reflect person, number, tense and mood?
    Declension
    Conjugation
    Subordination
    Inversion


9. The combination of sounds 'ms-' is not acceptable as the beginning of a word or syllable in English. In which of these languages is it acceptable?
    Dutch
    French
    Russian
    Finnish


10. And finally... Old Norse is almost the same as which modern Scandinavian language?
    Norwegian
    Icelandic
    Swedish
    Danish


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