VersionAKey - LI N 200 Mi dter m 3/19/09 Spring 2009 Part...

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Spring 2009, final version (A) midterm exam; jcw edited 3_18_09 1 LIN 200 Midterm 3/19/09 VERSION A Spring 2009 Part I: Multiple Choice (25 questions, 2 points each) 1. Which of the following is an example of verbal –s absence in AAE? a. You goes to school there? b. Kai said he would be there. c. Shena want to be there. d. Keanu’s gonna be there. 2. Traditionally, habitual or invariant “be” in AAE (for ex. He be workin’ late ) is described by linguists as a verbal marker that: a. Is equivalent to Standard English is , am , and are . b. Indicates repetitive or ongoing action. c. Indicates future action. d. Indicates action that has already taken place. e. Has no grammatical function. 3. Copula absence refers to the loss of the verb ‘to be’ (for ex. She funny .). Which of the following describes when and only when copula absence may occur in African American English? a. When the following word starts with a consonant, the copula can be deleted in AAE. b . When the verb ‘to be’ can be contracted in Standard English it can be deleted in AAE. c. When the third person verbal –s can be deleted, the copula can also be deleted in AAE. d. When the verb ‘to be’ is in the past tense, it can be deleted in AAE. 4. Which of the following would NOT be considered a natural language by linguists? a . Manually Coded English b. Old French Sign Language c. British Sign Language d. American Sign Language 5. Speakers of which variety of English are most likely to pronounce the word ‘half’ as [ha:f]? a. African American English b. Southern American English c. Midwest English d. British English
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Spring 2009, final version (A) midterm exam; jcw edited 3_18_09 2 6. Determine whether the following ASL sign is iconic or arbitrary. ‘cat’ a. iconic b. arbitrary 7. Which name of the following street in NYC has Dutch origin and is still pronounced in the 'Dutch' way? a. Houston St b. Centre St c. Canal St d. Delancey St 8. What is the current status of deaf people in Russia? a. A linguistic minority b. Disabled c. They have no status d. Mentally disabled 9. What is the best Standard English translation of the following African American English sentence? “ John BIN at school a. John has been at school. b. John was always at school. c. John was at school a long time ago. d. John has already been to school. 10. Which of the following varieties of English is least grammatical? a. British English b. Standard American English c. Southern American d. African American English e. None of the above
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Spring 2009, final version (A) midterm exam; jcw edited 3_18_09 3 11. Which of the following is NOT a Regional American English form for the second person plural pronoun? a. Y’all
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2009 for the course LIM 200 taught by Professor Weisenberg during the Spring '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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VersionAKey - LI N 200 Mi dter m 3/19/09 Spring 2009 Part...

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