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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.   

There are 35 quizzes and 370 trivia questions in this category.
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trivia quiz  Travel the World of Indo-European Languages Editor choice cool 15 questions
Average, 15 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Nov 15 05

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!
Nov 15 05
8733 plays
trivia quiz  'Hastings' and the English Language Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Mar 31 02

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.
Mar 31 02
10335 plays
trivia quiz  How to Speak Without a Voice Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, coachpauly, Dec 19 11

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."
Dec 19 11
2628 plays
trivia quiz  This Quiz Made Possible by the Letter "R" cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Dec 08 07

The friendly, familiar letter "R" is indeed a tricky little beastie. "R" you ready to find out more?
Dec 08 07
5307 plays
trivia quiz  Basic Linguistics cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, Matve, Oct 17 02

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.
Oct 17 02
7047 plays
trivia quiz  Indo-European Languages cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, inquizitive, Oct 30 04

This is a general quiz on Indo-European language families. I hope you find it fun and informative!
Oct 30 04
3873 plays
trivia quiz  It All Sounds Greek To Me cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Warzycha, Dec 18 03

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! :)
Dec 18 03
7815 plays
trivia quiz  Into the origins of Western language alphabets cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, zanazana, Apr 25 07

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!
Apr 25 07
2349 plays
trivia quiz  L-ing-guistics cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, uglybird, Apr 07 05

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!
uglybird gold member
Apr 07 05
3687 plays
trivia quiz  A Linguistic Trip Through Europe cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, akg1486, Nov 12 09

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.
akg1486 gold member
Nov 12 09
2721 plays
trivia quiz  Language - Viewed by a Linguist cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, bloomsby, May 09 05

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.
bloomsby editor
May 09 05
1833 plays
trivia quiz  Languages of Asia and the Americas cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, twinflame, Nov 17 05

This might be a bit tough for those not in the language business, but give it a go anyway.
Nov 17 05
1617 plays
trivia quiz  Linguistic Anthropology cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Leki, Aug 19 02

Linguistic Anthropology deals with communication, language acquisition, language origins, and the cultural connections to language use. Have fun...
Aug 19 02
4968 plays
trivia quiz  Basic linguistics cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, nyul, Jan 04 10

This quiz tries to give a taste of linguistics by presenting some of the basic problems.
Jan 04 10
1815 plays
trivia quiz  Homeric Questions 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Jun 12 04

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.
Jun 12 04
1695 plays
trivia quiz  Sociolinguistics 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, innate13, Mar 28 14

Let's see how much you know about the subfield of Sociolinguistics.
Mar 28 14
588 plays
trivia quiz  Unconventional Grammar 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, bloomsby, Nov 14 04

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.
bloomsby editor
Nov 14 04
2394 plays
trivia quiz  Linguistics 101 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, ladymacb29, Mar 08 02

This is just some more information that you can pick up in a basic Linguistics course.
ladymacb29 editor
Mar 08 02
5541 plays
trivia quiz  Linguistics 2 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, ladymacb29, Mar 08 02

This is just some more information that you can pick up in a basic Linguistics course.
ladymacb29 editor
Mar 08 02
6162 plays
trivia quiz  Turkey In A China Shop 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, gentlegiant17, Jun 14 08

A quiz on country names which became legitimate words in various languages (with a slight bias towards Hebrew).
Jun 14 08
1791 plays
trivia quiz  Let's Talk Consonants 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Jul 30 08

Can you pronounce your consonants correctly? This quiz tests your knowledge on the pronunciations of 24 consonant sounds. Good luck and enjoy!
Jul 30 08
1779 plays
trivia quiz  Basic Linguistic Terms 10 questions
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Mar 04 02

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
Mar 04 02
4260 plays
trivia quiz  Verbing the Noun 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, alexis722, Jun 14 14

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!
Jun 14 14
1227 plays
trivia quiz  Linguistics 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Jun 08 01

I present to you some rather challenging queries on the world of linguistics...good luck!
thejazzkickazz gold member
Jun 08 01
2994 plays
trivia quiz  The Art of Libretto Translation 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, PearlQ19, Nov 13 11

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.
Nov 13 11
411 plays
trivia quiz  Determined to Know the Difference 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Treenage, May 07 17

Determiners and pronouns are attached to or replace nouns, depending on the context. How well do you know the difference between them?
May 07 17
234 plays
trivia quiz  Augmentative and Alternative Communication 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, littlesuzie, Jan 31 08

This quiz concerns a range of communication strategies used by people with disabilities to convey or understand a message.
Jan 31 08
888 plays
trivia quiz  Matve's Linguistics Challenge 10 questions
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Matve, May 17 02

Welcome to my Linguistics Challenge. Anyone who is doing a Linguistics degree should not complain about the difficulty of the questions; anyone else is welcome to be totally baffled.
Very Difficult
May 17 02
2448 plays
trivia quiz  Son of Language Family Values 15 questions
Tough, 15 Qns, Sapir, Mar 08 13

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"!
Mar 08 13
708 plays
trivia quiz  Communication Continuum 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, littlesuzie, Jul 01 08

This is a follow up to my quiz on Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). It is on the level of communication known as Intentional-Symbolic Communication which is the highest level in the continuum.
Jul 01 08
549 plays
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