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Sociolinguistics: Quiz


Question 1: An example of a grammatical variable is the frequency of negative concord (known colloquially as a ________).
Double negativeBulgarian languageSlovene languageFrench language

Question 2: In ________ linguistics, a distinction is drawn between I-language (internal language) and E-language (external language).
Henry David ThoreauAnarchismNoam ChomskyNoam Chomsky's political views

Question 3: ________ is the term given to the use of different varieties of language in different social situations.
Code-switchingMorphology (linguistics)Variety (linguistics)Language contact

Question 4: The existence of differences in language between ________ can be illustrated by the following table:
Social classUpper classWorking classSocial stratification

Question 5: Sociolinguistics overlaps to a considerable degree with ________.
LanguageSemanticsPragmaticsSpeech act

Question 6: Sociolinguistics is the study of the effect of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and context, on the way ________ is used.
AristotleSemanticsGottfried LeibnizLanguage

Question 7: [2] Sociolinguistics in the West first appeared in the 1960s and was pioneered by linguists such as William Labov in the US and ________ in the UK.
Honorary degreeOpen UniversityBasil BernsteinWorking class

Question 8: It is historically closely related to ________ and the distinction between the two fields has even been questioned recently.
Cultural anthropologySocial anthropologyCultureLinguistic anthropology

Question 9: For example, a sociolinguist might determine through study of social attitudes that a particular ________ would not be considered appropriate language use in a business or professional setting.
German languageEnglish languageVernacularDiglossia

Question 10: Members of the working class tend to speak less ________, while the lower, middle, and upper middle class will in turn speak closer to the standard.
Spanish languageStandard languageGerman languageEnglish language


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