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Historical Linguistics Quiz

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1. What is the central focus of study in historical linguistics?

2. Which term refers to the earliest historically attested stage of a language?

3. What is a language family in linguistics?

4. What is the process where words in a language come to take on new meanings over time?

5. What is the term for a hypothetical ancestral language or proto-language reconstructed by linguists?

6. Which linguistics area deals with words formed by the combination of two or more words?

7. What is it called when a sound at the end of a word disappears over time?

8. The theory that the majority of the world's languages can be traced back to a single ancestral language is known as ?

9. What term refers to the process by which words acquire new meanings due to the technology changes?

10. What is the study of the social and cultural factors that influence language called?