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The Spread & Standardization of Language Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What language family is English classified as?

Question 2 2. Who were the first known people to inhabit the British Isles?

Question 3 3. Why do we use the Latin alphabet to write in the Germanic language of English?

Question 4 4. Which is a Spanish loanword we use in present-day English?

Question 5 5. Particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries, what was one of the primary goals of colonialism?

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Question 6 6. How did using a European tongue as the administrative language of a colony benefit the empire?

Question 7 7. In what way did forcing colonized peoples to adopt a European language fail?

Question 8 8. As a result of colonialism, Spanish is spoken widely throughout _____.

Question 9 9. Fields like _____ came to interact a great deal with linguistics in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Question 10 10. What theoretical approach was taken to linguistics in the 20th century?

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Question 11 11. What period is known as the golden age of philology?

Question 12 12. During the 19th century, what important language was reconstructed?

Question 13 13. In the long term, what impact did the printing press have on the English language?

Question 14 14. What is one major reason that the printing press did not immediately have a major impact on the English language?

Question 15 15. Why did the London variation of English become the national standard?

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Question 16 16. When did moveable type printing first become available in Europe?

Question 17 17. A descriptive or structural linguistic would be most interested in

Question 18 18. Which of these asserts that language affects behavior?

Question 19 19. Linguistic anthropology mainly concerns itself with the study of

Question 20 20. Which of these is NOT a specialty area of linguistic anthropology?

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Question 21 21. How many official languages does France have?

Question 22 22. In modern times, what has proven to be the biggest threat to the so-called purity of the French language?

Question 23 23. When was the French Academy founded?

Question 24 24. The French Academy has jurisdiction over what?

Question 25 25. As poets and intellectuals start to use a particular set of linguistic forms consistently, they are participating in the _____ standardization of language.

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Question 26 26. English is an example of a language with many _____.

Question 27 27. What does it mean for languages to become standardized?

Question 28 28. Which of the following is an example of a language that has been standardized?

Question 29 29. Which is a French loanword we use in present-day English?

Question 30 30. What modern solution is being used by many postcolonial nations to both honor the role of European languages and restore indigenous languages in the world today?

The Spread & Standardization of Language Chapter Exam Instructions

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