Midterm #2 will cover chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 11. By now you should know the broad outlines of the history of the language; but the MAIN focus of this exam will be Phonetics (including some sound terminology; for quick review see the Sound Terminology page) and some associated allomorphy; parsing; semantic change, etymology, classical morphology in English, and classical expressions in English.
The exam is designed to be done in an hour and a half or less. But 2 and a half hours is allowed, because it is not meant to be a race against the clock. Do the exam in one sitting, with only short breaks (if necessary). Please, while your exam is activated, no naps, chattings with friends, etc. The exam is designed to be done in one sitting in a quiet place. Having conversations with others, or even conversations going on around you, could lead to accidental violations of the Honor Code.
Speaking of which, we just realized we forgot to put the Honor Code as a question on this exam. The exam IS covered by the Honor Code, so please pledge it in your hearts.
SK comment--I take the Honor Code very seriously and so should you, in part because it makes our lives SO much better here at Rice! No exam police like at other universities!! Flexible exam schedules!! Please don't abuse the freedom we all benefit from.
There are a total of 75 questions and 75 points. (Some questions of the same type are grouped under one number so don't worry if the numbered list of questions only goes up to 66 or so.)
Most questions are multiple choice. Pay attention to what they ask; some ask you to pick out the one statement that is TRUE; others ask you to pick out the one statement that is NOT TRUE.
There are two sets of matching questions (totalling about 11 points). You will be able to preview unordered lists of the items to be matched. There are a few simple true/false questions. And, there are a few "fill-in-the-blank" questions in which you have to come up with very short answers (generally one or two words).
In short, there are no essays or paragraph-answers on this exam.
Information from the page wordstories.html in the links grid on the Course Information page will not be included on the exam.
Some abilities you should have by now:
consonants fricative voicing affricate larynx (voice box), vocal chords nasal place of articulation liquid lips, bilabial approximant labiodental lateral interdental voicing assimilation alveolar, alveolar ridge place assimilation palatal-alveolar manner assimilation ( = alveo-palatal) partial, total assimilation hard palate, palatal vowels soft palate (velum), velar vowel frontness: front/central/back glottis, glottal vowel height: high/mid/low manner of articulation diphthong stop (plosive)Semantic change
etymology euphemism polysemy taboo homonymy amelioration widening (generalization) pejoration (degeneration) narrowing (specialization) metaphor synechdoche metonymy eponymyLatin and Greek morphology
inflection, inflectional case categories nominative (subject case) grammatical gender accusative (direct object case) masculine, feminine, neuter genitive (possessive case) noun declension dative (indirect object case) grammatical number singular, plural, [dual] stem verb conjugation classes stem vowel (= thematic vowel, theme vowel) (said of the distinguishing vowel in conjugation classes) participle present participle past passive participle
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Last modified 7 Nov 05
Last modified 7 Nov 05