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Quiz | The Origins of Language

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The origin of language, its relationship with human evolution, and its consequences, have been a centuries-long subject of study for the human race. The topic is difficult to study because of the lack of direct evidence.

The questions in this quiz are from The Study of Language (THIRD EDITION) book written by GEORGE YULE.

This quiz is not only for BSED majoring in English but also to everyone, especially YOU!. . . It contains different questions about the topic mentioned above. So, jump right in, and enjoy the quiz!

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#1. the property of language enables people to talk about ‘the future’:

#2. a property of language whereby linguistic forms have two simultaneous levels of sound production and meaning, also called ‘double articulation

#3. the process whereby knowledge of a language is passed from one generation to the next

#4. a property of a communication system whereby each signal is fixed as relating to one particular object or occasion

#5. Primitive words could have been imitations of the natural sounds that early humans heard around them and all modern languages have words that are onomatopoeic

#6. contain sounds that are not otherwise used in ordinary speech production. They are usually produced with sudden intakes of breath, which is the opposite of ordinary talk, produced on exhaled breath.

#7. the sounds of a person involved in physical effort could be the source of our language, especially when that physical effort involved several people and had to be coordinated

#8. a property of language describing the fact that there is no natural connection between a linguistic form and its meaning

#9. behavior that provides information, usually unintentionally

#10. the area inside the throat above the larynx

#11. a property of language that allows users to talk about things and events not present in the immediate environment

#12. In most religions, there appears to be a divine source who provides humans with language

#13. the part of the throat that contains the vocal cords, also called the voice box

#14. words containing sounds similar to the noises they describe (e.g. bang, cuck)

#15. a property of language that allows users to create new expressions, also called ‘creativity’ or ‘open-endedness’

#16. the idea that humans are genetically equipped to acquire language

#17. behavior used intentionally to provide information

#18. divided into a left side and a right side, with control of functions on one side or the other (used in describing the human brain)

#19. What is the name given to the writing system used for Russian?

#20. If Sarah could use a gray plastic shape to convey the meaning of the word red, which property does her ‘language’ seem to have?

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