ENGL 4301

Winter 2000-01

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT #1: "Byte Chase"

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The following list contains 50 terms of interest in historical linguistics. Your job is to give a brief definition for each term. Your definition should indicate how the word is used in linguistics, or as related to the history of English. We will do this assignment in class on Tuesday 19 December.

 

  1. Substrate
  2. Monophthongization
  3. Cognate
  4. Grimm's Law
  5. Phoneme
  6. Suprasegmental
  7. Phrase
  8. Clause
  9. Creole
  10. Pidgin
  11. Indo-European
  12. Chain shift
  13. Pronoun
  14. Preposition
  15. Gothic
  16. Great Vowel Shift
  17. Johnson's Dictionary
  18. Chancery English
  19. Metathesis
  20. Idiolect
  21. Euphemism
  22. Received Pronunciation
  23. Caxton
  24. Reflexive Pronoun
  25. Exeter Book
  26. Voice (of verbs)
  27. Mood (of verbs)
  28. Celtic languages
  29. Vernacular
  30. Natural language
  31. Authorized Version (of the Bible)
  32. Declension
  33. Conjugation
  34. Paleography
  35. Caedmon's Hymn
  36. Semantics
  37. Morphology
  38. Diachronic
  39. Synchronic
  40. Proto-language
  41. Strong verb
  42. Noah Webster
  43. Basque
  44. Sanskrit
  45. Isogloss
  46. Toponymy
  47. Digraph
  48. Front-mutation (in plurals)
  49. Metaphor
  50. Metonymy