Przykładowe pytania z egzaminu wstępnego przedmiotowego na studia II stopnia w Instytucie Anglistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego - Specjalizacja językoznawcza

1. Which of the words below doesn’t contain a derivational morpheme?

a) doable
b) refusal
c) strongest
d) quickly

2. The belief that foreign language learning is essentially a process of habit formation is reflected in:

a) the audiolingual method
b) the communicative approach
c) the grammar-translation method
d) the cognitive method

3. The words _____ all end with an alveolar sound.

a) run, hit, gaze
b) smoke, ring, beg
c) sniff, leave, bathe
d) bleed, stub, glow

4. In Samoan manao means (he) wishes and mananao (they) wish

  • matua means (he) is old and matutua (they) are old
  • punou means (he) bends and punonou (they) bend
  • savali means (he) travels and savavali (they) travel

Given galue “(he) works,” what is the most likely form to mean “(they) work”?

a) gagalue
b) galulue
c) galueue
d) galuelue

5. Which of the phrases below has the structure represented by the rule VP _ V NP PP?

a) was late for the meeting
b) told the police officer about the murder
c) rejected the offer yesterday
d) bought the book on British history

6. The affective filter may prove to be an obstacle in the development of:

a) interlanguage
b) telegraphic speech
c) slips of the tongue
d) transformations

7. The process of blending is illustrated in:

a) takeover, reprint
b) sitcom, radar
c) motel, telex
d) to sculpt, to televise

8. What is the source of ambiguity in the (unintentionally humorous) newspaper headline IRAQI HEAD SEEKS ARMS?

a) head and arms are both polysemous items
b) head and arms are both homonymous items
c) the meanings of head are related by polysemy, the meanings of arms are related by homonymy
d) the meanings of arms are related by polysemy, the meanings of head are related by homonymy

9. By saying Look, I don’t really want to intrude on you if you’re busy you perform:

a) a face-saving act that emphasizes your positive face
b) a face-saving act that emphasizes your negative face
c) a face-threatening act that emphasizes your positive face
d) a face-threatening act that emphasizes your negative face

10. Consider the following first language acquisition data:

  • stage one: children correctly use irregular plural forms such as feet, men
  • stage two: children seem to lose that knowledge and start saying foots, mans
  • stage three: children go back to using irregular plurals correctly

What does this data suggest about the nature of L1 acquisition?

a) it is recursive
b) it is independent of intelligence
c) it requires overt correction and formal tuition
d) it is rule-governed