English Terminology

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1. What is the difference between intonation and pitch?

  • Intonation is the variance in the speaker's voice and pitch refers to the actual tone.
  • Pitch refers to the general variance in the speaker's voice and intonation refers to the actual tone.
  • Intonation refers to the actual sound of the word.
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2. Which of the following is an example of a tag question?

  • 'It's warm, isn't it?'
  • 'When was the last time it was this warm? When shall we go out?'
  • 'Will it get warmer soon?'
  • 'Is it warm?'

3. What is a word with 2/+ more syllables called?

  • Polysyllabic lexis.
  • Monosyllabic lexis.

4. What is an ellipsis?

  • One speaker speaking over another, interuppting them.
  • Omission of a vowel/syllable in the pronunciation of a word.
  • Representation of a significant pause.
  • Omission of vowel at the end of the word when the next word begins with a vowel.

5. What is the difference between euphemism and dysphemism?

  • Euphemism is the literal meaning of words and dysphemism is when a word can have a double meaning behind it.
  • Euphemism is extremely unacceptable in the society, for example, swear words. Dysphemism is a polite manner of speech.
  • Euphemism is putting something socially unacceptable in a polite manner, whereas dysphemism is not socially acceptable and is something said in an innapropriate manner.
  • Euphemism is not socially acceptable and is something said in an innapropriate manner, whereas, dysphemism is putting something socially unacceptable in a polite manner.

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