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Ling. exit exam for yous-all

As promised, a small exit quiz on linguistics, just for fun. Using Google will count as cheating and get you reported to Student Judicial Affairs.

Have already discussed some of these answers with some of you.

1. (I hope this one doesn't stump anyone.) The basic word order of English is:
A) Subject-Object-Verb
B) Verb-Subject-Object
C) Subject-Verb-Object
D) Object-Subject-Verb
E) Verb-Object-Subject

2. How many tenses does English have? (write in)

3. In Japanese, haiku is not actually counted by the syllable. What is it counted by? (write in)

4. Old English is the name given to the English spoken between
A) the Roman and the Anglo-Saxon invasion of the British Isles.
B) the Anglo-Saxon and the Norman invasion of the British Isles.
C) the Celtic and the Roman invasion of the British Isles.
D) the Celtic and the Anglo-Saxon invasion of the British Isles.
E) the Norman and the Roman invasion of the British Isles.

5. Which of the following is NOT a member of the Indo-European language family?
A) Greek
B) Scots Gaelic
C) Hindi
D) Finnish
E) Sanskrit

6. In the sentence The song they played on the radio was good, what is they played on the radio?
A) A noun phrase
B) A verb phrase
C) A prepositional phrase
D) An adverbial clause
E) A relative clause

7. The Tibetan writing system is most likely based on that of:
A) Sanskrit
B) Chinese
C) Arabic
D) Latin (Roman)
E) Sindarin

Answers will be posted as replies to your comments, so don't read the comments before taking it, if you don't want to be influenced. Because, like, this matters so incredibly much.


Jun. 12th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC)
Close: only 2 tenses in English (past and present). Future is expressed through an auxiliary verb, not by changing the form of the main verb, so most linguists don't count it as a formal "tense." Good job on the relative clause, though! Not many people recognize those. (Not that anyone really needs to...heh...)