Here are all History Of English Language MCQ’s for you!
History of English Language:
Q. Which language is closely related to the Frisian, German and Dutch languages?
Ans. English language
Q. English is West Germanic language of the ………family language?
Q. English originated from……?
Ans. Anglo-Frisian dialects
Q. History tells that English was first used by?
Ans. Some none-too-civilized tribes
Q. These none-too-civilized tribes lived on the continent of Europe along the…..?
Ans. North Sea
Q. These none-too-civilized tribes were….?
Ans. Angles, Saxons and Jutes
Q. These three tribes Angles, Saxons and Jutes had come from?
(55 Facts About English Language)
Q. As these tribes had come from Germany, therefore English is regarded as a…….?
Ans. West Germanic language
Q. These three tribes Angles, Saxons and Jutes invaded England in?
Ans. 449 AD
Q. The inhabitants of England spoke which language before the arrival of Angles, Saxons and Jutes?
Ans. A Celtic language
Q. These invaders
(Angles, Saxons and Jutes) pushed the Celtic speakers to what is now called?
Ans. Wales, Scotland and Ireland
Q. Old English can be subdivided into Prehistoric Period, Early Old Period and?
Ans. Late Old Period
Q. Anglo-Saxons called English by the name of?
Q. Prehistoric Period of Old English lasted from?
Ans. 5th century AD to 7th century AD
Q. Early Old English Period lasted from?
Ans. 7th century AD to 10th century AD
Q. Late Old English Period lasted from?
Ans. 10th century AD to 11th century AD
Q. In which period did English grammar start evolving with particular attention to syntax?
Ans. Early Middle English
Q. It was during the 14th century that a different dialect known as the………began to develop?
Q. In which English Period did the East-Midlands dialect develop?
Ans. Late Middle English
Q. William the Conqueror invaded England in?
Q. William the Conqueror belonged to?
Q. William the Conqueror and his supporters used to speak?
Ans. French and Latin the most
Q…………again became dominant in England?
Ans. Middle English
Q. When did Middle English again become dominant in England?
Ans. 14th century
Q. Early Modern English is dated from?
Q. The Great Vowel Shift started in?
Ans. Early Modern English
Q. Where was The Great Vowel Shift started?
Ans. In Southern England
Q. The Great Vowel Shift focused on?
Ans. Pronouncing the vowels shorter
Q. What was the Great Vowel Shift?
Ans. The Great Vowel Shift was a series of changes in the pronunciation of the English language
Q. English spelling started being standardised in the?
Ans. 15th and 16th centuries
Q. In Early Modern English, the printing press by William Caxton standardized the English language through the distribution of?
Ans. The English Bible
Q. The Great Vowel Shift was first studied by?
Ans. Otto Jespersen
Q. Who was Otto Jespersen?
Ans. A Danish linguist
Q. Who coined the term the Great Vowel Shift?
Ans. Otto Jespersen
Q. First English dictionary was published in?
Q. What was the name of the first English dictionary?
Ans. Table Alphabeticall
Q. Who wrote the first English dictionary Table Alphabeticall?
Ans. Robert Cawdrey
Q. Late Modern English is dated from?
Q. The main difference between Early Modern English and Late Modern English is?
Q. Early Modern English has many more words than Late Modern English ?
Q. The………and the Rise of the British Empire during the 18th, 19th and early 20th-century saw the expansion of the English language?
Ans. Industrial Revolution
Q…………is the language which most nearly resembles old English in grammatical structure?
Q. Words from more than 350 languages have entered English in this way?
Q. Like Russian, English is a strongly…….. language?
(means its words are mostly stressed)
Q. Modern English nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs are…….?
Ans. Inflected (means inflections can be added)
Q. Modern English Adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections are?
(they can not be changed)
History of Language:
Q. Written records of Human Languages in Europe are present from as far back as?
Ans. 5000 BC
Q. How did human language get started?
Ans. It is considered that human ancestors used to grunt or hoot and it developed into language gradually
Q. Chimpanzees also grunt and hoot, why didn’t they develop it into a language?
Ans. They have smaller brains than humans
Q. What is the only evidence about human ancestors?
Ans. The shape of their vocal tract. Vocal tract includes the mouth, tongue and throat
Q. About 10,0000 years ago, what didn’t the shape of the vocal tract of human ancestors permit?
Ans. The modern range of speech sounds
Q. Some researchers even propose that language began as a?
Ans. Sign language
Q. What source of evidence has emerged recently?
Ans. A language gene which is called FOXP2
Q. A very promising evidence about how human language ability evolved will come from?
Ans. The human genome
(It is a complete set of genes)
Q. Human language can express thoughts on an unlimited number of?
Q. Animal communication systems have at most a few dozen distinct sounds for?
Ans. Food, danger, threat and reconciliation
Q. Languages change due to?
Ans. Changes in culture OR by coming in contact with other languages
Q. The ancestral language of most of the modern European languages
(e.g. German, French, Russian, Greek) was?
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