Five Minute Quiz for Cunning Linguists

1. What’s the square root of 69?

2. Who claimed that language is a systematic resource for expressing meaning in context?

3. Who said “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”?

4. Who said “He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own”?

5. Who said “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity”?

6. Chomsky’s UG theory describes principles and …..   What?

7. The 5 most popular romance languages are French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and….  What’s the fifth?

8. “Excuse me while I kiss this guy” is an example of a ….. what?

A couple of extras about two of my favorite novels:

9. What novel starts: “A screaming comes across the sky.”?

10. And this one: “Call me Ishmael.”?

How did you do? I know my pal Neil will get 9 and 10, so here’s a special extra one for him – and all of us:

What novel finishes with these lines:

“We can get jobs”. said William, “save enough to go out where you were, – “

“Marry me and go out where you were,” said Doc.

“The Stars are so close you won’t need a Telescope.”

“The Fish jump into your Arms. The Indians know Magick.”

“We’ll go there. We’ll live there.”

“We’ll fish there. And you too.”



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