What Is Linguistics? - Definition & Introduction


Choose an answer and hit 'next'. You will receive your score and answers at the end.

question 1 of 3

What is the most widely spoken language family today?

Create Your Account To Take This Quiz

As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.

Try it risk-free
Try it risk-free for 30 days. Cancel anytime
Already registered? Log in here for access

1. What is the most commonly spoke language in the Niger-Congo family?

2. What is the term linguists use to refer to a language that is used in a small, highly-concentrated area?

Create your account to access this entire worksheet
A Premium account gives you access to all lesson, practice exams, quizzes & worksheets
Access to all video lessons
Quizzes, practice exams & worksheets
Certificate of Completion
Access to instructors
Create an account to get started Create Account

About This Quiz & Worksheet

What are language families? Which one is most commonly spoken in the world today? This quiz will ask you about these and other concepts related to the field of linguistics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test what you know about the following:

  • The most widely spoken language family
  • Common language in the Niger-Congo family
  • Language used in a small, highly-concentrated area
  • Linguistics defined
  • Where you are most likely to find a speaker of a language in the Sino-Tibetan family

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of linguistics
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding language families and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Niger-Congo and Sino-Tibetan families

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson, What Is Linguistics? - Definition & Introduction, for further insight. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand that linguistic patterns have changed over time
  • List the four major linguistic families from the lesson and identify one example from each family
  • Recognize how many major families and subsets of languages there really are