English History exam

It is a exam of English history. It include many old English and Indo-European language knowledge. I need someone do it for me.

Do not write in complete sentences. Briefest possible explanations only. There are 75 questions. Each is worth 1-2 points. There are more than 100 possible points.

Foundations for historical linguistics:

How are phonemes /p/ /b/ and /m/ similar and different?

2. How are phonemes /f/ and /v/ similar and different?

3. What are the two liquids in the current sound system of English?

4. When a speaker from the American south pronounces “Kentucky” as “Kintucky,” in what direction has the first vowel moved?

5. Why are vowels more likely than consonants to vary between dialects and to change over time

6. Boldface the word that contains the “schwa” ” [ǝ] sound: bloat, butter, bake, boot

7. Boldface the word that contains the low front vowel: sock, sack, sake, suck, seek, sec

8. What is the term for the vowel sound in PDE “house?”

9. If you pronounce “grandpa” as [græmpɑ], what two sound changes have occurred, and why?

10. If you pronounce “warmth” as [wɑrmpθ], what sound change has occurred, and why?

11. The lexemes “geek” and “code switch” are currently undergoing what kind of semantic change?
a) pejoration b) generalization c) specialization


Before English: Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Germanic

12. If Proto-Indo-European was never written down, how do we know about it?

13. In many cases, a single PIE root has given PDE dozens of different words. What processes do you think might have contributed to this phenomenon? Give one.

14. Grimm’s law explains how, as Proto-Germanic became a separate language, certain sounds shifted their
a) manner of articulation b) place of articulation


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