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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.

35 Linguistics quizzes and 370 Linguistics trivia questions.
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  Travel the World of Indo-European Languages editor best quiz best quiz - 15 questions - 7 mins
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!
Average, 15 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Jul 21 20
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pu2-ke-qi-ri
Jul 21 20
9067 plays
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  This Quiz Made Possible by the Letter "R" best quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
The friendly, familiar letter "R" is indeed a tricky little beastie. "R" you ready to find out more?
Average, 10 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Oct 15 20
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pu2-ke-qi-ri
Oct 15 20
5544 plays
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  Basic Linguistics Test Your Knowledge top quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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 Qns, Matve, Aug 20 19
Tough
Matve
Aug 20 19
7281 plays
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  'Hastings' and the English Language editor best quiz great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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 Qns, flem-ish, Feb 13 21
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flem-ish
Feb 13 21
10612 plays
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  It All Sounds Greek To Me top quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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 Qns, Warzycha, Sep 16 22
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Warzycha
Sep 16 22
8066 plays
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  How to Speak Without a Voice editor best quiz top quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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 Qns, coachpauly, Dec 19 11
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coachpauly
2859 plays
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  Indo-European Languages top quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
This is a general quiz on Indo-European language families. I hope you find it fun and informative!
Average, 10 Qns, inquizitive, Dec 29 12
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inquizitive
4033 plays
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  Linguistic Anthropology great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
Linguistic Anthropology deals with communication, language acquisition, language origins, and the cultural connections to language use. Have fun...
Average, 10 Qns, Leki, Mar 07 19
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Leki
Mar 07 19
5169 plays
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  Linguistics 2 popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
This is just some more information that you can pick up in a basic Linguistics course.
Average, 10 Qns, ladymacb29, Jan 31 21
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ladymacb29 editor
Jan 31 21
6362 plays
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  L-ing-guistics great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 7 mins
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 Qns, uglybird, Dec 01 15
Tough
uglybird gold member
3772 plays
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What do bolacha, kaka, galleta, ciastko, koekje and Pl├Ątzchen mean in English?

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  What do you know about Basic linguistics? popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
This quiz tries to give a taste of linguistics by presenting some of the basic problems.
Average, 10 Qns, nyul, Feb 25 19
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nyul
Feb 25 19
2157 plays
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  Sociolinguistics popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Let's see how much you know about the subfield of Sociolinguistics.
Average, 10 Qns, innate13, Feb 17 18
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innate13
Feb 17 18
877 plays
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  Let's Talk Consonants - 10 questions - 5 mins
Can you pronounce your consonants correctly? This quiz tests your knowledge on the pronunciations of 24 consonant sounds. Good luck and enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Aug 28 15
Average
Matthew_07 gold member
1908 plays
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  Verbing the Noun - 10 questions - 3 mins
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!
Easier, 10 Qns, alexis722, Sep 15 18
Easier
alexis722
Sep 15 18
1486 plays
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  Unconventional Grammar popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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 Qns, bloomsby, Aug 29 18
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bloomsby gold member
Aug 29 18
2602 plays
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  Linguistics 101 popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
This is just some more information that you can pick up in a basic Linguistics course.
Average, 10 Qns, ladymacb29, Apr 19 19
Average
ladymacb29 editor
Apr 19 19
5827 plays
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  Language - Viewed by a Linguist great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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 Qns, bloomsby, Jun 21 14
Tough
bloomsby gold member
1908 plays
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  Basic Linguistic Terms - 10 questions - 7 mins
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 Qns, flem-ish, Apr 15 18
Very Difficult
flem-ish
Apr 15 18
4336 plays
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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 Qns, zanazana, Jun 05 15
Tough
zanazana
2404 plays
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  The Art of Libretto Translation - 10 questions - 4 mins
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 Qns, PearlQ19, Nov 13 11
Average
PearlQ19 gold member
446 plays
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  Linguistics - 10 questions - 5 mins
I present to you some rather challenging queries on the world of linguistics...good luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Aug 02 17
Tough
thejazzkickazz gold member
Aug 02 17
3154 plays
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  Homeric Questions popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Dec 09 18
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pu2-ke-qi-ri
Dec 09 18
1815 plays
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  A Linguistic Trip Through Europe great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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 Qns, akg1486, Apr 15 18
Tough
akg1486
Apr 15 18
2821 plays
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  Languages of Asia and the Americas great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
This might be a bit tough for those not in the language business, but give it a go anyway.
Tough, 10 Qns, twinflame, Jul 26 16
Tough
twinflame
Jul 26 16
1681 plays
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  Son of Language Family Values - 15 questions - 5 mins
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 Qns, Sapir, Mar 08 13
Tough
Sapir
771 plays
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  Determined to Know the Difference - 10 questions - 4 mins
Determiners and pronouns are attached to or replace nouns, depending on the context. How well do you know the difference between them?
Average, 10 Qns, Treenage, May 09 17
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Treenage
May 09 17
318 plays
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  Augmentative and Alternative Communication - 10 questions - 4 mins
This quiz concerns a range of communication strategies used by people with disabilities to convey or understand a message.
Average, 10 Qns, littlesuzie, May 30 21
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littlesuzie
May 30 21
983 plays
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  Turkey In A China Shop popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
A quiz on country names which became legitimate words in various languages (with a slight bias towards Hebrew).
Tough, 10 Qns, gentlegiant17, Sep 21 11
Tough
gentlegiant17
1835 plays
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  From Budapest to Volochanka - 20 questions - 7 mins
This is a quiz about the Uralic language family. Many of these languages are unfamiliar to anyone but specialists in linguistics, so the quiz may be tough! We wrap up with several questions about Uralic in general.
Tough, 20 Qns, Sapir, May 03 20
Tough
Sapir
May 03 20
334 plays
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  Communication Continuum - 10 questions - 4 mins
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.
Average, 10 Qns, littlesuzie, Jul 13 11
Average
littlesuzie
598 plays
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  Matve's Linguistics Challenge - 10 questions - 6 mins
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, 10 Qns, Matve, Aug 03 19
Very Difficult
Matve
Aug 03 19
2527 plays
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  Communication Continuum 2 - 10 questions - 4 mins
This is the second quiz in a series of quizzes on the Communication Continuum. This one is about the level known as Intentional Communication.
Average, 10 Qns, littlesuzie, Aug 19 21
Average
littlesuzie
Aug 19 21
538 plays
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  Dictating Linguistic Terms - 10 questions - 4 mins
Past dictators have teamed up with me to illustrate a few linguistic terms involving wordplay/nameplay.
Average, 10 Qns, Rabotniko, Sep 09 16
Average
Rabotniko
Sep 09 16
609 plays
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  Communication Continuum 3 - 10 questions - 4 mins
This quiz is about the stage in the Communication Continuum termed as either Pre, or Un-Intentional Communication.
Average, 10 Qns, littlesuzie, May 29 21
Average
littlesuzie
May 29 21
550 plays
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  Language Family Values - 10 questions - 6 mins
The process of codifying language families is a difficult one, often involving decades of research and yielding many missteps. This quiz will test your knowledge of language families both proven and hypothetical!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Sapir, Feb 25 18
Difficult
Sapir
Feb 25 18
627 plays
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