How Do You Say...: A Quiz About Languages by SpencerJ2

Champion(s):

ChernicoffS
God help America.


Runner(s)-Up:

NathanL
All my thoughts have been replaced with Hamilton quotes.


Quiz Description

Languages are a wonderful, sometimes confusing, but omnipresent part of human existence. Answer these questions about linguistics and the many languages that people speak around the globe.

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1 ChernicoffS 503 98 15
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3 BenjaminJ 486 93 15
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4 ReinholdH 469 91 15
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5 PahuskiM 460 88 15
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6 FryedBetaKappa 451 85 15
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9 grimesr 407 78 15
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10 RalliP 402 75 15
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11 LuskT 397 73 15
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12 KonkelT 385 70 15
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13 RoseM 382 67 15
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Questions:

Dialects/varieties of THIS language include Levantine, Darija, Gulf, Hejazi, and Masri.

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Arabic

The Spanish word for the direction "left", Izquierdo/a, was a borrowing from WHAT language?

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Basque

What majorly diverse country constitutionally recognizes 22 languages, not counting English, which is also recognized as a national official language?

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India

The last native/L1 speaker (before the language's revival in the early 20th century) of WHAT southern Celtic language died in 1777?

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Cornish

Contrary to its name, Pennsylvania Dutch is derived from what language?

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German

Perhaps the most infamous example of THIS concept in language and sociology was the Parsley Massacre, in which Spanish-speaking Dominican forces killed thousands of Haitian immigrants who pronounced the Spanish word for "parsley" with a French/Haitian Creole accent.

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Shibboleth

What language is the only Semitic language in Europe to hold national official status?

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Maltese

THIS language of South America made an appearance (in a fairly mangled/simplified form) as the language of Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars.

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Quechua

When a loan word or expression is literally translated into another language (for example, "brainwashing" was literally translated from the Chinese "xi nao"), it is called a WHAT (which in itself is a loan word)?

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Calque

Instead of the typical Latin, Greek, or English, THIS US public university system uses an indigenous language for its motto, which translates to "above all nations is humanity".

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University of Hawai'i

THIS largely discredited linguistics hypothesis states that people's thoughts and worldviews are influenced by features of the language that they speak. (For example, there is no word for "jolly" in Klingon)

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The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

WHAT country is considered the most linguistically diverse in the world, boasting more than 820 indigenous languages (giving the answer to #3 a major run for its money)?

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Papua New Guinea