Development and Variation of the English Language Session 1: Mechanisms of Linguistic Change Quiz

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Which historic event involved the settlement of Germanic tribes in Britain?

Viking Invasions

During which period do we classify English as Old English?

ca. 450-1100

What linguistic change occurred in 1066 in the British Isles?

Norman Conquest

Which period do we classify as Present-Day English?

ca. 1900-today

What are the mechanisms of linguistic change?

Psychological factors, systemic factors, and external factors

How do systemic factors affect linguistic change?

Via language contact, political decisions, and technical inventions

What are psychological factors in linguistic change?

Principle of ease and analogy

Which external factors can influence a language and how?

Via language contact and political decisions

Why do we say oxen instead of oxes?

Because it's a Germanic plural formed by adding -en

What are the primary mechanisms of linguistic change?

Psychological factors, systemic factors, and external factors

How does language contact influence a language?

Via military invasion, colonialization, immigration, travel/trade

What is the main factor behind the plural form 'oxen'?

Germanic plural formed by adding -en

What are the influences of political decisions on a language?

Via language policy leading to the rise of a standard

What effect do systemic factors have on linguistic change?

By introducing asymmetry and redundancy in language

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