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Q. What does the Biblical Tradition say about the origin of language?
Ans. God created Adam and taught him the names of everything
Q. When did written language develope?
Ans. 5000 years ago
Q. How are human teeth different from those of animals?
Ans. Human teeth are upright while the teeth of animals are slanting outwards. That’s why humans can speak
Q. When can we say human auditory system begins working?
Ans. Two months before birth OR when remains for seven months in womb
Q. What is the difference between the position of the larynx in humans and other primates?
Ans. It is much lower in the throat in humans

Q. It is often said that……….must have been the original human language?
Ans. Phrygian

(Linguistics MCQ’s Part 01)
(but many have rejected this claim)
Q. Human lips have………?
Ans. More intricate muscles that’s why they can speak. That is why they can speak
Q. According to Hindu Tradition, language came from?
Ans. Sarasvati
Q. Who was Sarasvati?
Ans. The wife of Brahma
Q. In most religions, there appears to be a divine source who provides humans with….?
Ans. Language

Q. The mouth of humans is……..?
Ans. Relatively small compared to animals. That’s why they can speak
Q. Experiments led to which basic hypothesis?
Ans. If human infants were allowed to grow up without hearing people, they would begin to use the original God-given language
Q. By age 4, humans have developed the ability to?
Ans. Communicate
Q. By age 6, humans can comprehend as well as express……..?
Ans. Written thoughts
Q. The tongue of humans is……….?
Ans. Smaller, thicker and more muscular. That’s why they can speak

Q. According to………, “Language was born in the courting days of mankind?”
Ans. Jespersen
Q. Language is………., not static?
Ans. Evolutionary
(because it keeps changing)
Q. Who assures that many animals have all the necessary speech organs?
Ans. Lloyd James
Q. The position of larynx of humans?
Ans. Differs from those of animals. That’s why they can speak

Theories of Language:

Q. The Natural Sound Source is about…….?
Ans. The origin of language
Q. What is the basic idea of the Natural Sound Source?
Ans. Natural sounds were imitated by humans e.g. the sounds of birds and animals etc. were imitated by humans
Q. The Natural Sound Source is also called?
Ans. The Bow-wow Theory
(Dog’s barking sound is bow-wow)
Q………..has played a conspicuous part in Bow-bow theory?
Ans. Onomatopoeic element
Q. What does the Yo-He-Ho theory say about the origin of language?
Ans. It says that the origin of language is from the sounds
(hums, grunts, groans etc) of a person who is involved in physical effort

Q. What does the physical adaptation source say?
Ans. It says the teeth, lips, mouth, larynx and pharynx of humans are completely different from animals, this is why humans can speak
Q. What does the Genetic Source say?
Ans. It says that human offspring are born with a special capacity for language
Q. What does the Ta-Ta Theory say about the origin of language?
Ans. It says that language has been derived from gestures
Q. Ta-Ta theory is also called?
Ans. Gesture Theory
Q. Who advanced Ta-Ta OR Gesture Theory?
Ans. Wilhm Wundt

Q. Who re-stated Gesture Theory?
Ans. Sir Richard Paget
Q. What does the Pooh-Pooh Theory say about the origin of language?
Ans. It says that language began with interjections e.g. the natural cries of emotions such as pain, anger and joy
Q. What does the Ding-dong Theory say about the origin of language?
Ans. It says that speech arose in response to imitation of movement.
Q. Who is associated with Ding-dong theory?
Ans. Max Muller
Q. Medieval ballads come under which theory?
Ans. Ding-dong theory

Q. Plato favored which theory?
Ans. The Ding-dong Theory
Q. The Sing-Song Theory states?
Ans. That language comes out of laughter, cooing and singing
Q. The Sing-Song Theory is also called?
Ans. The La-La theory
Q. What is the Eureka Theory?
Ans. It says that language was consciously invented by our ancestors


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