Universal English pronunciation/Quiz

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Universal English pronunciation is a stand-alone lecture, an outgrowth of the dominant group project. It has been included in the {{universal translator}} project and is part of its series of lectures.

Try this quiz to see if your native knowledge is already top-of-the-line or better. You are free to take this quiz at any time and as many times as you wish. It is part of Wikiversity's dedication to learning by doing.

To improve your scores, read and study the lecture, the links contained within, listed under See also, External links, and in the {{universal translator}} template. This should give you adequate background to get 100 %.

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True or False, English is not going to last for five thousand years.



Which of the following is likely to be true with respect to a universal English?

it comes from an inward facing culture
it has been spread by conquest
language is seldom spread at the point of a gun
it is a very spread out language
it comes from decentralized and democratized nations
it is spread by trade
it is not associated with a major religion
it uses a flexible alphabetic system of writing that can encompasses virtually any language


True or False, The relation between a linguistic expression and its expresser is a part of pragmatics.



An apparent sign that may be an expression of a thought is a?


True or False, A control group may be used in a universal English to demonstrate no effect or a standard effect versus a novel effort applied to a treatment group.



Which of the following is likely to be in a control group for assessing a pragmatics?

one or more relations
an accepted set of formats for signs
a liquid nitrogen dewar
an active speaker
a possible artifact
a wide temperature range for respondent stability


Yes or No, You are in the middle of an open field of beautifully colored, pleasantly smelling, edible wildflowers. You've just picked one and are now munching on it. You feel you are being watched. You gesture a universal sign of "I won't hurt you, unless you try to hurt me." while turning around. Is pragmatics involved in your situation?



Complete the text:

Pragmatics is an approach to



True or False, A dominant group pushing a universal English differs from a control group in that it rules the treatment of the control group.



Evidence that demonstrates that a model or idea versus a control group is feasible with respect to a universal English is called a



Complete the text:

A short or

realization of a certain

or idea to

a treament's feasibility in a universal English is called a proof of



True or False, A pure universal English involves no doing apart from itself.



Complete the text:

A proof-of-concept structure, including a control group, consists of

, procedures, findings, and



True or False, The purpose of a treatment group in a universal English is to describe natural processes or phenomena for the first time relative to a control group.



  1. Using the correct phonetic symbols one or more English words, expressions, or popular noises can be presented to produce correct pronunciation.
  2. Most speakers of English do not recognize the correct phonetic symbols.

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