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Linguistics Terminology Quiz

A TEFL quiz for TEFL teachers

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests your understanding of terms in the TEFL Glossary related to linguistics.

1. Grammar based on how people currently use a language rather than on past usage and grammar is called

schema theory
descriptive grammar
grammar translation
a) schema theory b) descriptive grammar c) grammar translation

2. The study of _____ looks at all the ways particular words and phrases are being used.

phonemes
dialect
usage
a) phonemes b) dialect c) usage

3. A language form with non-standard usage and pronunciation that's only heard in one area is

a local dialect
a native language
a semantic language
a) a local dialect b) a native language c) a semantic language

4. Which term refers to any unit of language with meaning?

morpheme
phoneme
lexis
a) morpheme it b) phoneme c) lexis

5. Which term refers to the smallest units of sound in a language?

morpheme
phoneme
lexis
a) morpheme it b) phoneme c) lexis

6. Which term refers to all the words and word forms in a language that have meaning or function?

morpheme
phoneme
lexis
a) morpheme it b) phoneme c) lexis

7. A morpheme that occurs before, after, or within the root or stem of a word is called

a prefix
a suffix
an affix
a) a prefix b) a suffix c) an affix

8. The study of language meaning, including connotative meaning, is called

semantics
syntax
lexicology
a) semantics b) syntax c) lexicology

9. The study of rules related to proper sentence formation is called

semantics
syntax
lexicology
a) semantics b) syntax c) lexicology

10. The study of the form, meaning and behaviour of words is called

semantics
syntax
lexicology
a) semantics b) syntax c) lexicology

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