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Part 4 Linguistics MCQs by Sajjad Haider

1. According to Hinduism, language came from


a. Sarasvati
b. Brahma
c. Vishnu
d. Ishvara
2. Language might be started by the imitation of sounds which
early men and women heard around them. This describes
a. Ye-heave-ho theory
b. Bow-wow theory
c. Oral-gesture theory
d. Divine source theory
3. The sounds of a person involved in physical effort could be the
source of our language describes
e. Ye-heave-ho theory
f. Bow-wow theory
g. Oral-gesture theory
h. Divine source theory
4. The biological basis of formation and development of human
language is called
a. Glossogentics
b. Biogenetics
c. Physogenitcs
d. Morphology

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5. Human beings can talk about their present, past and future.
This property of language is called
a. Duality
b. Arbitrariness
c. Displacement
d. Productivity
6. There is no connection between a linguistic form and its
meaning describes
e. Duality
f. Arbitrariness
g. Displacement
h. Productivity
7. We can utter new and novel words and sentences but animal
cant. It describes which property?
i. Duality
j. Arbitrariness
k. Displacement
l. Productivity
8. `A little change in the sound can change the meaning
describes which property of human language?
a. Duality
b. Displacement
c. Discreetness
d. Cultural Transmission
9. The general study of characteristics of speech sounds is called

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a. Phonetics
b. Phonology
c. Articulatory Phonetics
d. Auditory Phonetics
e. Acoustic Phonetics
10. The study of movement of speech organs in articulation
of speech or the study of how the speech sounds are made is
called

f. Phonetics
g. Phonology
h. Articulatory Phonetics
i. Auditory Phonetics
j. Acoustic Phonetics
11. The study of physical properties of a language is called
k. Phonetics
l. Phonology
m. Articulatory Phonetics
n. Auditory Phonetics
o. Acoustic Phonetics
12. The study of perceptions of speech sounds is called
p. Phonetics
q. Phonology
r. Articulatory Phonetics
s. Auditory Phonetics

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t. Acoustic Phonetics
13. The study of sounds involving speaker s identification
and analysis of recorded utterances is called
u. Forensic phonetics
v. Acoustic Phonetics
w. Articulatory Phonetics
x. Auditory Phonetics
14. When the vocal cords are spread apart and the air from
the lungs passes between them unimpeded(without any
stoppage) the sound is called
a. Unvoiced
b. Voiceless
c. Both
d. Voiced
15. When there is some vibration in vocal cord while
producing sound, the sound will be
a. Voiced
b. Unvoiced
c. Voiceless
d. None
16. There are total________ sounds in English Language
a. 42
b. 44
c. 46
d. 48

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17. Total number of vowel and consonant sounds in English


respectively
a. 24, 20
b. 20, 24
c. 22,22
d. 19, 25
18. The sounds in English language are classified as Bilabials,
Dentals, Alveolar etc it is according to their
a. Place of Articulation
b. Manner of Articulation
c. Both
d. None
19. The sounds which are formed using both upper and lower
lips (/m/, /b/,/w/) are called
a. Bilabials
b. Labiodentals
c. Dentals
d. Alveolar
20. /f/ and /v/ are
e. Bilabials
f. Labiodentals
g. Dentals
h. Alveolar
21. The sounds formed with tongue tip behind(between) the
upper front teeth (, ] are called

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i. Bilabials
j. Labiodentals
k. Dentals (interdentals)
l. Alveolar
22. /t/, /d/, /s/, /n/ ad /z/ are called ________ because they
are pronounced with the front part of the tongue on the
alveolar ridge.
m. Bilabials
n. Labiodentals
o. Dentals
p. Alveolar
23. /k/ and /g/ are called
q. Bilabials
r. Velars
s. Dentals
t. Alveolar
24. There a sound that is produced without the active use of
the tongue and the other parts of the mouth. What is it called?
u. Bilabials
v. Velar
w. Glottal
x. Alveolar
25. IPA stands for
a. International Phonetic Association(Alphabet )

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b. International Phonetic Authority


c. International Phonetic Academy
d. International Phonic Association
26. The consonants sounds resulting from a blocking effect
on air stream is called
a. Nasals
b. Affricates
c. Fricatives
d. Plosives or Stops

27. /p/, /b/, /t/, /d/,/k/ and /g/ are 6


a. Plosives
b. Nasals
c. Liquids
d. Fricatives
28. The consonants having the air push through the narrow
opening are called
e. Plosives
f. Nasals
g. Liquids
h. Fricatives
29. Find the examples of Affricates
a. /m/, /n/,/b/
b. /f/,/v/
c. //, //

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d. /t/,/d/
30. /m/, /n/ and // are called______________ consonants.

i. Plosive
j. Nasal
k. Liquid
l. Fricative
31. /w/, /r/and /j/ are called__________ consonants.
a. Nasal
b. Gliding
c. Approximant
d. Both B and C
32. Find out liquid consonants.
a. /l/,/r/
b. /l/,/m/
c. /l/,/n/
d. /t,/,/p/
33. What are the syllabic consonants in the following
e. /l/,/r/
f. /l/,/m/
g. /l/,/n/
h. /t,/,/p/
34. In American English if /t/ occurs between vowels, it is
pronounced as /d/; for example, writer as rider and metal as
medal. Name this term.

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a. Flapping
b. Taping
c. Stopping
d. Mashing
35. The only lateral sound is
a. /l/
b. /t/
c. /b/
d. /h/
36. The ___________ sounds are mostly articulated with
obstruction in the vocal cart.
a. Vowel
b. Consonant
c. Abstract
d. Diphthongs
37. The sounds which are pronounced without any
obstruction in air passage, and are produced with a free flow
of air are called
e. Vowel
f. Consonant
g. Abstract
h. Diphthongs
38. Mark the number of monothongs and diphthongs
respectively.
a. 12, 8

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b. 8,12
c. 14.6
d. 14.8
39. Read the transcription and judge the words (/fla/,
/tmbil/,/ krit/
a. Flower, Reach, mobile
b. Flour, mobile. Crches
c. Flour, Automobile, Creature
d. Flower, Mobile, Richer
40. The study of speech patterns is called
a. Phonetics
b. Phonology
c. Morphology
d. Pragmatics
41. The smallest unit of speech sound is called
a. Morpheme
b. Phoneme
c. Lexeme
d. Allophone
42. The versions of one phone are called
e. Morpheme
f. Phoneme
g. Lexeme
h. Allophone
43. A sound pronounced with one puff of air is called ( a sound with one
vowel sound)
a. Vowel
b. Consonant
c. Syllable
d. Coda

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44. Syllable consists of onset and rime while rime is further


divided into
a. Onset and nucleus
b. Onset and coda
c. Nucleus and onset
d. Nucleus and coda
45. The consonants after the nucleus are called
a. Rime
b. Onset
c. Coda
d. Syllable
46. The syllables having onset and nucleus but not coda are
called
a. Open syllables
b. Closed syllable
c. Light syllable
d. Heavy syllable
47. The syllables having nucleus and coda but no onset are
called
e. Open syllables
f. Closed syllable
g. Light syllable
h. Heavy syllable
48. There are one or more consonants before or after
nucleus which describes

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a. Consonant Cluster
b. Elision
c. Assimilation
d. Syllable
49. When two phonemes occurring in a sequence, and some
aspect of one phoneme is taken or copied by other phoneme,
this process is called
e. Consonant Cluster
f. Elision
g. Assimilation
h. Syllable
50. The omission or deletion of some sound from a word is
known as
i. Consonant Cluster
j. Elision
k. Assimilation
l. Syllable

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