Practice Quiz for What is Language?

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1 Which of the following statements is true about communication?
a) Humans are the only animals that communicate with each other.
b) Human language is 100% learned rather than biologically inherited.
c) Humans and all other large mammals use a symbolic communication system.
2 A language is ________________________ .
a) a broad term simply referring to human patterned verbal behavior in general
b) a set of specific rules for generating speech
c) another word for a dialect.
3 A dialect that mostly develops as a result of differences in class, ethnicity, gender, age, and/or particular social situations is referred to as a:
a) social dialect
b) regional dialect
c) genderlect or ethnilect
4 Dialects develop:
a) more often in small-scale societies with few people
b) more often in large-scale societies with many people
c) equally often in small-scale and large-scale societies
5 A pidgin is:
a) a dialect like Black English in North America
b) the mother tongue, or principle language, of a society
c) a simplified makeshift language that develops to fulfill the communication needs of peoples who have no language in common
d) a common species of bird
6 When a pidgin language becomes the mother tongue of a population, linguists refer to it as a(n):
a) Gullah
b) creole
c) Ebonics
7 When people speak different forms of a language in different social situations, the phenomenon is referred to as:
a) diglossia
b) bilingualism
c) neither of the above



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