What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process


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The study of how a language is constructed is defined as

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1. Phonology is the

2. What is defined as a sound, or set of sounds, that make a difference in the meaning of a language, but has no meaning on its own?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Descriptive linguistics is a discipline with a broad definition, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the vocabulary surrounding this field of study. Some vocabulary terms you'll be assessed on include morphology and phonology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The smallest sound unit that has meaning
  • The study of language construction
  • A sound or group of sounds that do not have meaning on their own, but impact the meaning of a language
  • Morphology
  • Phonology

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related linguistics lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as morphology and phonology
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding types of sounds
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characteristics of descriptive linguistics

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson, What Are Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process to learn more about the characteristics of descriptive linguistics. The lesson fulfills these learning objectives:

  • Define descriptive linguistics
  • Describe phonology and give an example of it
  • Identify various types of sounds
  • Explain examples of sound types
  • Relate morphology to descriptive linguistics
  • Understand how syntax fits into the study of descriptive linguistics