NPTEL Speaking Effectively Week 3 Assignment Answers 2024

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NPTEL Speaking Effectively Week 3 Assignment Answers 2024

1. What is phonetics?

a. The science of movement
b. The science of sounds
c. The science of telephoning
d. The science of pitch control

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2. What was considered ‘correct’ English in the past?

a. African English
b. Indian English
c. British English
d. Chinese English

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3. Why are ‘englishes’ with the small ‘e’ acceptable across the world today?

a. Due to the end of the domination of the British
b. Due to the need to have varieties of English
c. Due to people becoming more informal
d. Due to the inability of second language learners to speak like native speakers

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4. Who used Hinglish first in the written form?

a. Vimla Patil in Femina
b. Khushwant Singh in the Illustrated Weekly of India
c. Gulshan Ewing in Star and Style
d. Shobha Rajadhyaksha in Stardust

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5. The line ‘We are like that only’ suggests:

a. Incorrect use of English
b. Confident use of Indian English
c. Creative use of English
d. English used in advertising

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6. Why did Khari boli become Standard Hindi?

a. Because it was spoken by the majority of Hindi speakers
b. Because it was considered grammatically correct
c. Because it was the language of the dominant group
d. Because it was preferred by Hindi poets

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7. Which English was adopted as Standard English?

a. Dialect of working-class speakers of East London
b. Dialect of middle-class speakers of the Midlands
c. Dialect of migrant speakers of Scotland
d. Dialect of educated speakers of South London

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8. What is a phoneme?

a. Minimal distinctive unit of sound
b. Minimal distinctive unit of writing
c. Minimal distinctive unit of dance
d. Minimal distinctive unit of music

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9. When there is no change in meaning by substituting two sounds of a language, it is called:

a. Phoneme
b. Icon
c. Allomorph
d. Phonogram

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10. Why are North Indian speakers unable to pronounce Tamil words correctly?

a. Because North Indians don’t like to speak other languages
b. Because Tamil belongs to the Dravidian language family
c. Because North Indians tend to swallow vowels
d. Because North Indians can’t roll their tongues

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11. What is a vowel in phonetics?

a. A sound where there is no obstruction in the passage of air
b. A sound that cannot escape from the mouth
c. A sound that is easy to produce
d. A sound that cannot be produced on its own

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12. What is a consonant in phonetics?

a. A sound that can be produced on its own
b. A sound where there is an obstruction in the passage of air
c. A sound that escapes through the nose
d. A sound that is difficult to produce

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13. What is a diphthong?

a. Combination of two vowels
b. Combination of short and long vowels
c. A light movement from one vowel to another
d. Very long vowel

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14. What are open vowels?

a. Which are produced by having our mouths wide open
b. Which are produced when the distance between the tongue and roof is maximum
c. Which are produced when by making a sound with the throat
d. Which are produced by humming along

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15. What are closed vowels?

a. Which are produced when the distance between the tongue and roof is minimum
b. Which are produced by closing our mouth
c. Which are produced by holding our breath
d. Which are produced by clenching our teeth

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16. What are central vowels?

a. Which are produced through the middle of the mouth
b. Which are produced with the center of the tongue
c. Which are produced through the roof of the mouth
d. Which are produced through the back of the throat

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17. What is the difference between the vowel sounds of RP and Indian English?

a. Indian users swallow the vowels
b. Indian users don’t open their mouth fully
c. Indian users use sounds of Indian languages
d. Indian users use the tip of their tongue

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18. What is the vowel sound in ‘ship’?

a. /i/ as in sit
b. /I:/ as in seat
c. /e/ as in set
d. /ei/ as in sate

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19. Which is the vowel sound in ‘said’

a. /ei/ as in raid
b. /ae/ as in had
c. /e/ as in red
d. /i/ as in hid

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20. What is the golden rule for pronouncing diphthongs correctly?

a. No vowel should be said with any force
b. The first vowel should be said with more force
c. The second vowel should be said with more force
d. Both vowels should be said with equal force

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21. ‘Singer’ is a combination of two consonant sounds called

a. Consonant Cluster
b. Constellation
c. Constitution
d. Consonant Club

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22. New Indian learners of English mispronounce the sound /f/ in ‘fool’ to make it:

a. Alveolar sound
b. Retroflex sound
c. Velar sound
d. Bilabial sound

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23. What is stress in spoken English?

a. The force on a particular syllable that makes it more prominent
b. Emphasis placed on a particular word
c. Tense quality of voice
d. Breaking a word into syllables

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24. Why does the stress used by Indian speakers in bisyllabic words sound wrong?

a. They put equal stress on all syllables
b. They always stress the second syllable
c. They do not know how to split the syllables in a word
d. They don’t know when to put the stress on the first and when to stress the second syllable

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25. Where should one put the stress in words with suffixes?

a. On the first syllable
b. On the syllable before the suffix
c. On the second syllable
d. On the final syllable

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