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1. How has capitalisation changed from Early Modern English to now?

  • no longer used for all nouns considered important
  • no longer used after every piece of punctuation
  • no change at all
  • no longer used for every single word
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2. What is amelioration?

  • describing something unpleasant in a better way
  • taking on a more positive meaning
  • an old word that is no longer in general use
  • taking on a more negative meaning

3. What effect has the media had on language?

  • a more casual, colloquial and speech-like register
  • a more formal register
  • no effect at all
  • a register that is exactly like written language

4. When did Samuel Johnson release his dictionary?

  • 1724
  • 1747
  • 1755
  • 1789

5. What is prescriptivism?

  • an attitude to language that is much more recent
  • an attitude to language that gives spoken English the same status as written forms
  • an attitude to language that makes judgements about what is right and wrong
  • an attitude to language that sees English as improving its standard


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