Assignment 3 Answer Key

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Unformatted text preview: Assignment #3 answer key: 1) When language shift begins, use of the threatened language declines: all of these (in churches, in the workplace, in schools, at home, among children). 2) Languages with a relatively small number of speakers can be safe if: the community is functional and the environment is stable. 3) Factors that lead to language endangerment include which of the following: all of these (destruction of lands and livelihood, removal of communities of speakers from historical lands, pressure of assimilation into dominant cultures, policies of repression directed at indigenous groups). 4) Which of the following is NOT an example of iconicity in language? You will get an A if you study hard. 5) The name of the Yuman language spoken around San Diego changed from Diegueño to Kumeyaay because: the tribe and language was named Diegueño by outsiders (Spanish missionaries). 6) When a language is said to be moribund, it means: intergenerational transmission has been interrupted. 7) Which of the following Native American languages has the most speakers? Washo 8) We can generate an infinite number of sentences because the grammar of our language is: recursive. 9) The "Wug Test" described by Steven Pinker and discussed in class shows that: children infer rules from the words that they have been exposed to and apply them to new words. 10)All speakers of English have the exact same entries in their mental lexicons: False. 11)In terms of their typological (structural) characteristics, many languages of the Americas are: polysynthetic. 12)Which of the following language families do NOT have any languages in California? Algonquian. 13)Men and women's talk in Yana: a, b & c (reflects the formality of the speech event, reflects the sex of the addressee, reflects the sex of the speaker). 14)Borrowings from Native American languages to colonial languages were as numerous as the borrowings from colonial languages to Native American languages: false. 15)No language that has hundreds of thousands of speakers can be considered to be endangered: false. 16)Which of the following statements is true? None of these (Some languages are prone to extinction/endangerment because they are structurally impoverished; some languages are prone to extinction/endangerment because they lack writing systems; some languages are prone to extinction/endangerment because their speakers are unable to assimilate to mainstream societies; languages are like animal species and subject to natural selection: only the fittest survive) 17)One of Ladefoged's arguments in his 1992 article in the journal Language is that only speakers themselves can decide if language preservation/revitalization efforts should be carried out: true. 18)Language revitalization work strengthens endangered languages by fostering positive language attitudes and language teaching: true. 19)Lack of official recognition does not affect the status of small languages: false. 20)According to linguists, what is the appropriate role of outsiders in preserving endangered languages? There is wide difference of opinion on the details, but consensus that the desires of the community of speakers is paramount. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2011 for the course LIGN 8 taught by Professor Bakovic,e during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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