Linguistic General Knowledge

Can you answer these questions in the field of linguistics and languages?
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Last updated: January 16, 2018
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What do numerals denote?
Numbers
What is the official language of Cambodia?
Khmer
What do you call a language that is related to no other language?
Language isolate
What type of language is primarily used in deaf communities?
Sign language
What are "you", "we", and "they"?
Personal pronouns
What does IPA mean in the field of linguistics?
International Phonetic Alphabet or International Phonetic Association
What language was Beowulf first written in?
Old English
Which branch of the Afroasiatic language family does Arabic belong to?
Semitic
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What was the lingua franca of science until the early 19th century?
Latin
What do SVO and SOV refer to?
Word order
What do you call a word that qualifies or describes a noun?
Adjective
What do you call a person who speaks multiple languages?
Polyglot
What island country is called the linguistically most diverse country in the world with over 830 languages spoken there?
Papua New Guinea
What is the fourth official language of Switzerland besides German, French and Romansh?
Italian
What is the study of history of words and their origins called?
Etymology
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Level 60
Sep 19, 2017
Nice quiz!
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Level 63
Sep 20, 2017
Thanks! :)
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Level 33
Jan 5, 2018
Could you add 'Sign' and 'Signed" to 'What type of language is used in deaf communities?"
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Level 63
Jan 16, 2018
Sure! :)
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Level 57
Nov 10, 2018
Maybe syntaxis should be a correct answer for the SVO/SOV question.

Keep these quizzes going, it will be worth it some day

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Level 69
Feb 1, 2021
Good quiz - nice to see something on this topic!