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BA 6th Semester Question Papers: English - Linguistics and Phonetics (May' 2015)

2015 (May)
Course: 604
(Linguistics and Phonetics)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions.
1. Answer very briefly any eight of the following as directed: 1x8=8
  1. What is dialect?
  2. What is parole?
  3. The larynx is popularly known as ____. (Fill in the blank)
  4. Give an example of plosive sound.
  5. Sounds that are articulated with a stricture of complete closure are called ____. (Fill in the blank)
  6. Give an example of dental sounds in English.
  7. Give an example of voiceless bilabial plosive.
  8. What is diphthong?
  9. What is syllable?
  10. Give an example of question tag.
2. Answer any one of the following questions: 10
  1. Define language. What are its basic features?
  2. What makes human language different from animal communication?
  3. Discuss how two or more languages that come into contact may influence one another.
  4. Discuss how language is manifested in various forms according to use and region.
3. Answer any three of the following questions: 5x3=15
  1. Write a short note on standard language.
  2. “Language never ceases to change.” Explain and illustrate.
  3. “Language is not only used for communication but also for self expression.” Explain.
  4. Write a short note on ‘speech and writing’.
  5. Write a short note on ‘linguistic abilities and communicative competence’.
  6. What are the important differences between regional and social dialects?
4. Answer any one of the following questions: 12
  1. What are the basic sentences structures in English? Demonstrate how all other sentences are derived from them.
  2. What do you understand by subject-verb agreement? Demonstrate with suitable examples.
  3. How is noun classified on the basis of meaning and function? Illustrate with suitable examples.
  4. What are the common verbal groups in English? What happens when a modal is added to these verbal groups?
5. Write short notes on any four of the following: 4x4=16
  1. Adverb positions.
  2. Use of infinitives.
  3. Types of clause.
  4. Auxiliaries.
  5. Kinds of adjective.
  6. Transitive and intransitive verbs.
  7. Noun modifiers.
6. Answer any one of the following questions: 10
  1. What do you understand by General Indian English? How far is it reasonable to accept General Indian English in place of Received Pronunciation?
  2. What are the major organs of speech and how are they important in the production of speech sounds? Discuss with suitable illustrations.
  3. Analyze how consonant sounds are made and how they are described using three-term labels.
  4. Discuss, with illustrations, how diphthongs are produced in RP.
7. Write short notes on any three of the following: 3x3=9

  1. Consonant Clusters in English.
  2. Received Pronunciation.
  3. International Phonetic Alphabet.
  4. Pure Vowels in English.
  5. Allophones.
  6. Production of a Plosive Consonant.

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