What Is Linguistics? - Definition & Introduction

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What is the most widely spoken language family today?

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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?

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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
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