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Here, you'll find all kinds of quizzes on linguistics -- the study of languages and their history. From the Indo-European language family to the International Phonetic Alphabet to the formation of pidgins, it's all here!

For quizzes about a particular world language (such as French or Malay), try following the link to the World Languages category.
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1
Travel the World of Indo-European Languages

Join me for a world tour of Indo-European languages! We'll be traveling over 6,000 years and 10,000 miles, so pack your suitcase and your linguistic intuition!
Tough
15 Q
pu2-ke-qi-ri
Nov 15 05
8178 plays
2
'Hastings' and the English Language

It's common knowledge that after the Battle of Hastings, the 'Norman Conquest' created a mixed language with Anglo-Saxon and French vocabulary overlapping each other. This quiz deals with some of the more remarkable effects.
Average
10 Q
flem-ish
Mar 31 02
9930 plays
3
How to Speak Without a Voice

Some babies have the ability to learn sign language before they can speak. Based on Acredolo & Goodwyn's research "Baby Sign Language" is a modification of "American Sign Language." See if you can answer these questions on "how to speak without a voice."
Average
10 Q
coachpauly
Dec 19 11
2286 plays
4
This Quiz Made Possible by the Letter "R"

The friendly, familiar letter "R" is indeed a tricky little beastie. "R" you ready to find out more?
Average
10 Q
pu2-ke-qi-ri
Dec 08 07
4893 plays
5
What Did They Really Mean?

The word "malapropism" comes from Mrs. Malaprop, a character created by the playwright Richard Sheridan. She often used fancy words that were just plain wrong. I'll give you some famous malapropisms and you guess the correct term.
Very Easy
10 Q
Catamount
Jun 21 04
18240 plays
6
Fun with Surnames

We all have one, but how much do we know about the surnames that we hear in our everyday life?
Difficult
20 Q
azazella
Apr 12 05
7245 plays
7
Indo-European Languages

This is a general quiz on Indo-European language families. I hope you find it fun and informative!
Average
10 Q
inquizitive
Oct 30 04
3570 plays
8
It All Sounds Greek To Me

Undoubtedly, it is very difficult to master the Greek language. However, most of us speak Greek every day even though we do not always understand it! This is a quiz dealing with the influence of the Greek language on the English vocabulary. Have fun! :)
Average
10 Q
Warzycha
Dec 18 03
7284 plays
9
Basic Linguistics

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.
Tough
10 Q
Matve
Oct 17 02
6558 plays
10
L-ing-guistics

How much do YOU know about the morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics of "ing" usage? Yep. Me too. So you should do fine on this quiz!
Tough
10 Q
uglybird
Apr 07 05
3507 plays
11
Into the origins of Western language alphabets

Alphabets are one of the most useful inventions, contributing immensely to the development of our world. Still, more people know in which school Madonna studied than where and how their writing system developed. To change that, play THIS Quiz!
Tough
10 Q
zanazana
Apr 25 07
2190 plays
12
A linguistic trip through Europe

As anyone who has travelled through Europe knows, the languages spoken there differ quite a lot. Here are ten questions about some modern European languages and their predecessors.
Tough
10 Q
akg1486
Nov 12 09
2442 plays
13
Language - Viewed by a Linguist

Like an earlier quiz of mine, this offers a view of language and of grammar that may strike many as unconventional. If you are unfamiliar with linguistics please treat it as a learning experience.
Tough
10 Q
bloomsby
May 09 05
1692 plays
14
Sociolinguistics

Let's see how much you know about the subfield of Sociolinguistics.
Average
10 Q
innate13
Mar 28 14
447 plays
15
Linguistic Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology deals with communication, language acquisition, language origins, and the cultural connections to language use. Have fun...
Average
10 Q
Leki
Aug 19 02
4767 plays
16
Languages of Asia and the Americas

This might be a bit tough for those not in the language business, but give it a go anyway.
Tough
10 Q
twinflame
Nov 17 05
1509 plays
17
Homeric Questions

Homer's Greek is linguistically interesting-- a fact not known to most casual readers of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" in translation. Take this quiz to find out more about the language and poetry of Homer! No knowledge of Greek required.
Average
10 Q
pu2-ke-qi-ri
Jun 12 04
1434 plays
18
Basic linguistics

This quiz tries to give a taste of linguistics by presenting some of the basic problems.
Average
10 Q
nyul
Jan 04 10
1572 plays
19
Unconventional Grammar

Have you ever wondered what an essentially semantic grammar might look like? This quiz may shed light on this. Please note that in this kind of grammar the "Object" is inanimate, while the "Experiencer" is animate.
Average
10 Q
bloomsby
Nov 14 04
2289 plays
20
Turkey In A China Shop

A quiz on country names which became legitimate words in various languages (with a slight bias towards Hebrew).
Tough
10 Q
gentlegiant17
Jun 14 08
1686 plays
21
Linguistics 2

This is just some more information that you can pick up in a basic Linguistics course.
Average
10 Q
ladymacb29
Mar 08 02
5859 plays
22
Linguistics 101

This is just some more information that you can pick up in a basic Linguistics course.
Average
10 Q
ladymacb29
Mar 08 02
5124 plays
23
Verbing the Noun

Our language keeps adding new words to accommodate advancing technology, and older ones die off from neglect. Pick the noun that best fits the verb it has become in the 21st century. Enjoy!
Average
10 Q
alexis722
Jun 14 14
888 plays
24
Let's Talk Consonants

Can you pronounce your consonants correctly? This quiz tests your knowledge on the pronunciations of 24 consonant sounds. Good luck and enjoy!
Average
10 Q
Matthew_07
Jul 30 08
1491 plays
25
Basic Linguistic Terms

Linguistic terminology won't - in itself - help you to improve your linguistic levels. Yet it may help you to have an insight in how a language functions. Terms are illustrated with examples from English, French, Spanish and German.
Very Difficult
10 Q
flem-ish
Mar 04 02
4152 plays
26
Linguistics

I present to you some rather challenging queries on the world of linguistics...good luck!
Tough
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Jun 08 01
2895 plays
27
The Art of Libretto Translation

After two MA dissertations on the subject, I know a thing or two about libretto translation, i.e. translation of a text that is meant to be sung. Let's explore some of the basics of this underrated discipline of translation studies.
Average
10 Q
PearlQ19
Nov 13 11
360 plays
28
Collective Nouns

Collective nouns are thought only to exist for animals, but in fact there are many groups (of humans) that also have collective nouns, based often on their gender or their occupation. Test your knowledge of these collectives in this quiz.
Tough
10 Q
jglane
Nov 08 10
1311 plays
29
Augmentative and Alternative Communication

This quiz concerns a range of communication strategies used by people with disabilities to convey or understand a message.
Average
10 Q
littlesuzie
Jan 31 08
858 plays
30
Son of Language Family Values

Somewhat easier than the first entry in the series (!), this quiz simply asks players to match a language to the correct family (or vice versa), or to pick the "odd language out"!
Tough
15 Q
Sapir
Mar 08 13
585 plays
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