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Introduction to Human Language Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 2 2. How would communication be defined?

Question 3 3. Which of the following is a form of animal communication?

Question 4 4. While this can vary by species, monkeys mostly rely on _____ as their primary form of communication.

Question 5 5. Thanks to studies on nonhuman primate communication, many researchers think that the first protohuman languages were likely _____.

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Question 6 6. Which of these is an example of an affiliative behavior?

Question 7 7. What is meant by context in human language?

Question 8 8. To study signs and symbols in language is to examine _____.

Question 9 9. A mother says to her son, 'Good morning, cutie!' A man shouts across the street to a strange woman, 'Good morning, cutie!' What is different between these two scenarios?

Question 10 10. Why are Mandarin and Hindi widely spoken languages?

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Question 11 11. What can a language family tell linguists about languages?

Question 12 12. Which of the following is NOT a factor in the spread of languages over time?

Question 13 13. Jason grew up speaking the same language his parents spoke (and everyone else in their small village). It was only after he left home that he found out their language was different. No one else in the world seemed to speak the same language exactly, but there were two languages that seemed to have been blended together to make it. What category of language does Jason speak?

Question 14 14. Language A, B and C are very closely related. In fact, if you were to learn one of these, you would likely be able to get by if spoken to in any of the others. They stem from the same parent language. Which language category does this describe?

Question 15 15. To which language category does sign language belong?

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Question 16 16. What is double articulation in spoken language?

Question 17 17. Which of the following is NOT evidence that spoken language developed before written language in human history?

Question 18 18. Which of the following is TRUE about written languages?

Question 19 19. What is a creole?

Question 20 20. What is typically a sign that a pidgin has become a creole?

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Question 21 21. Why are Dutch, French, Spanish, and English often found as parts of creole languages?

Question 22 22. An example of a morpheme is

Question 23 23. Which of the following BEST explains why the alarm calls made by vervet monkeys should not be considered language?

Question 24 24. Vowels and consonants are examples of

Question 25 25. How is language different from communication?

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Question 26 26. Which of these is not a great ape?

Question 27 27. What is an example of a language variation?

Question 28 28. Approximately how many languages exist in the world?

Question 29 29. In which of the following major language families does the extinct Ancient Egyptian language belong?

Question 30 30. Why does language, whether spoken, written, or signed, require the ability to think symbolically?

Introduction to Human Language Chapter Exam Instructions

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