Revision Quiz- AQA A2 English Language Spec A

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A2 English Language Revision Quiz
Part 1: Language Change
1. What are the six influences on language change? (6)
2. Who brought the printing press into Britain and where was he originally from? (2)
3. Where was the printing press set up in Britain? (1)
4. What year was the printing press brought into Britain? (1)
5. What was the printing press the beginning of? (1)
6. What are the two words used for eggs around the time of the introduction of the printing press? (2)
7. What does the long `s' look like? (1)
8. When the long `s' overlapped with adjacent letters what connected the two letters together? (1)
9. What was the long `s' often confused with? (1)
10. Why was the long `s' terminated? (1)
11. What did Shakepeare do in relation to lexical expansion? (2)

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What three processes did Shakespeare use in his contribution to lexical expansion? Explain what these
processes are. (6)
13. What three factors led to language contact and borrowing? (3)
14. What is the Inkhorn Controversy? (1)
15. Which two languages were words taken from in the Inkhorn Controversy? (2)
16. What three processes were used in the Inkhorn Controversy? Explain what these processes are. (6)
17. Why were some people unhappy about the Inkhorn Controversy? (2)
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What attitude did the grammarians adopt? (1)
24. Who are three advocates of the prescriptivist approach? (3)
25. What three things did grammarians hate? Give an example for each. (6)
26. What was the publication of `grammars' an attempt to do? (2)
27. What is descriptivism? (1)
28. What two bibles were produced in the modern period? What years were they published in? (4)
29. Who compiled the earliest dictionary? What year was it completed in? What attitude did it adopt? (3)
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What three inventions was standardisation aided by in the beginning of the modern period? (3)
36. What act made schooling compulsory until the age of 12? Include the year. (1)
37. What are the four influences on modern English? (4)
38. Who was one of the most influential grammarians of the 18th century? (1)
39. Which grammarian's work was an influence on school practice and popular attitudes with many of the rules
widely taught? (1)
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What accent do prescriptivists think that people should speak in? (1)
47. Why do prescriptivists argue that it is essential to stick to the rules of the standard form? (1)
48. What do prescriptivists think that language does as it changes? (1)
49. Descriptivists believe that different varieties of English should be what? (1)
50. Descriptivists see language change as what? (1)
51. What do some descriptivists see language change as? (1)
52. Is Crystal a descriptivist or prescriptivist? (1)
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Part 2: Language Variation
1. What are the nine social influences on language? (9)
2. What are the five forms of language variation? (5)
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Part 3: Language and Gender
1. In what year was Lakoff's book published? (1)
2. What did Lakoff's book say about men and women's speech? (1)
3. What reason did Lakoff give the variation in speech between the genders? (1)
4. What approach did Lakoff take- dominance or difference? What does this mean? (2)
5. What was Lakoff's book largely based on? (1)
6. Name ten of the women's language features identified by Lakoff. (10)
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What did Tannen identify? Name five. (11)
11. What did Fishman conclude? (2)
12. Who were the conversations that Fishman looked at between? (1)
13. According to Fishman why did conversations between the sexes sometimes fail? What did she see this as a
reflection of? (2)
14. What four areas did Fishman identify and what did she conclude for each of these areas? (8)
15. What did O'Barr and Atkins study? (1)
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What myth does O'Barr and Atkins' study perpetuate? (1)
21. What did West study? (1)
22. What were the findings of West's study? (2)
23. What did West's findings suggest? (1)
24. What did Woods study? (1)
25. What did Woods' findings suggest? (1)
26. What type of conversations did Zimmerman and West study? (1)
27. What conclusion did Zimmerman and West reach? (3)
28. What are three criticisms of Zimmerman and West's study? (3)
29. What did Grief conclude? (2)
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What four characteristics did Coates identify in male speech? (4)
34. Why could there be a conflict in mixed-sex conversations according to Coates? (1)
35. In her study Women's Talk, what four categories could women's conversations be put into according to
Coates? What are the definitions of these categories? (8)
36. What idea did Cameron challenge in The Myth Of Mars And Venus? (1)
37. What did Cameron claim about gender differences in speech? (1)
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