Revision Quiz- AQA A2 English Language Spec A

So this is a recap quiz of most of the topics ive personally been taught within my college.

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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…

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12. 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)…

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23. 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…

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35. 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…

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46. 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…

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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)




3. What are folklinguistics? (1)

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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…

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10. 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…

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20. 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…

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33. 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?…

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