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江苏自考 27037 英语语言学概论复习资料知识点

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江苏自考 27037 英语语言学概论整理的复习资料知识点

Chapter 1  Language语言

1.    Design feature (识别特征) refers to the defining properties of human language that distinguish it from any animal system of communication.

2.    Productivity (能产性) refers to the ability that people have in making and comprehending indefinitely large quantities of sentences in their native language.

3.    arbitrariness (任意性)  Arbitrariness refers to the phenomenon that there is no motivated relationship between a linguistic form and its meaning.

4.    symbol (符号)  Symbol refers to something such as an object, word, or sound that represents something else by association or convention.

5.    discreteness (离散性)  Discreteness refers to the phenomenon that the sounds in a language are meaningfully distinct.

6.    displacement (不受时空限制的特性)  Displacement refers to the fact that human language can be used to talk about things that are not in the immediate situations of its users.

7.    duality of structure (结构二重性)  The organization of language into two levels, one of sounds, the other of meaning, is known as duality of structure.

8.    culture transmission (文化传播)  Culture transmission refers to the fact that language is passed on from one generation to the next through teaching and learning, rather than by inheritance.

9.    interchangeability (互换性)  Interchangeability means that any human being can be both a producer and a receiver of messages.

 

1.    ★What is language?

Language is a system of arbitrary vocal symbols used for human communication. This definition has captured the main features of language.

First, language is a system.

Second, language is arbitrary in the sense.

The third feature of language is symbolic nature.          

 

2.    ★What are the design features of language?

Language has seven design features as following:

1) Productivity.

2) Discreteness.

3) Displacement

4) Arbitrariness.

5) Cultural transmission

6) Duality of structure.

7) Interchangeability.

 

3.    Why do we say language is a system?

Because elements of language are combined according to rules, and every language contains a set of rules. By system, the recurring patterns or arrangements or the particular ways or designs in which a language operates. And the sounds, the words and the sentences are used in fixed patterns that speaker of a language can understand each other.

 

4.    ★ (Function of language.) According to Halliday, what are the initial functions of children’s language? And what are the three functional components of adult language?

I.Halliday uses the following terms to refer to the initial functions of children’s language:

1) Instrumental function. 工具功能

2) Regulatory function. 调节功能

3) Representational function. 表现功能

4) Interactional function. 互动功能

5) Personal function. 自指性功能

6) Heuristic function. 启发功能  [osbQtq`kf`h]

7) Imaginative function. 想象功能

II.Adult language has three functional components as following:

1) Interpersonal components. 人际

2) Ideational components.概念

3) Textual components.语篇

 

 


 

Chapter 2  Linguistics语言学

 

1.    general linguistics and descriptive linguistics (普通语言学与描写语言学) The former deals with language in general whereas the latter is concerned with one particular language.

2.    synchronic linguistics and diachronic linguistics (共时语言学与历时语言学) Diachronic linguistics traces the historical development of the language and records the changes that have taken place in it between successive points in time. And synchronic linguistics presents an account of language as it is at some particular point in time. 

3.    theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics (理论语言学与应用语言学) The former copes with languages with a view to establishing a theory of their structures and functions whereas the latter is concerned with the application of the concepts and findings of linguistics to all sorts of practical tasks.(zikaoda.com)

4.    microlinguistics and macrolinguistics (微观语言学与宏观语言学) The former studies only the structure of language system whereas the latter deals with everything that is related to languages.

5.    langue and parole (语言与言语) The former refers to the abstract linguistics system shared by all the members of a speech community whereas the latter refers to the concrete act of speaking in actual situation by an individual speaker.

6.    competence and performance (语言能力与语言运用) The former is one’s knowledge of all the linguistic regulation systems whereas the latter is the use of language in concrete situation.

7.    speech and writing (口头语与书面语) Speech is the spoken form of language whereas writing is written codes, gives language new scope.

8.    linguistics behavior potential and actual linguistic behavior (语言行为潜势与实际语言行为) People actually says on a certain occasion to a certain person is actual linguistics behavior. And each of possible linguistic items that he could have said is linguistic behavior potential.

9.    syntagmatic relation and paradigmatic relation (横组合关系与纵聚合关系) The former describes the horizontal dimension of a language while the latter describes the vertical dimension of a language.

10.  verbal communication and non-verbal communication (言语交际与非言语交际) Usual use of language as a means of transmitting information is called verbal communication. The ways we convey meaning without using language is called non-verbal communication.

 

1.    ★How does John Lyons classify linguistics?

According to John Lyons, the field of linguistics as a whole can be divided into several subfields as following:

1) General linguistics and descriptive linguistics.

2) Synchronic linguistics and diachronic linguistics.

3) Theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics.

4) Microlinguistics and macrolinguistics.

 

2.    Explain the three principles by which the linguist is guided: consistency, adequacy and simplicity.

1) Consistency means that there should be no contradictions between different parts of the theory and the description.

2) Adequacy means that the theory must be broad enough in scope to offer significant generalizations.

3) Simplicity requires us to be as brief and economic as possible.自考大

 

3.    ★What are the sub-branches of linguistics within the language system?

Within the language system there are six sub-branches as following:

1) Phonetics. 语音学 is a study of speech sounds of all human languages.自考大

2) Phonology. 音位学 studies about the sounds and sound patterns of a speaker’s native language.

3) Morphology. 形态学 studies about how a word is formed.

4) Syntax. 句法学 studies about whether a sentence is grammatical or not.

5) Semantics. 语义学 studies about the meaning of language, including meaning of words and meaning of sentences.

6) Pragmatics. 语用学

 

★The scope of language: Linguistics is referred to as a scientific study of language.

 

★The scientific process of linguistic study: It involves four stages: collecting data, forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis and drawing conclusions.

 

 

Chapter 3  Phonetics语音学

 

1.    articulatory phonetics(发音语音学) The study of how speech organs produce the sounds is called articulatory phonetics.

2.    acoustic phonetics (声学语音学) The study of the physical properties and of the transmission of speech sounds is called acoustic phonetics.

3.    auditory phonetics (听觉语音学) The study of the way hearers perceive speech sounds is called auditory phonetics.

4.    consonant (辅音) Consonant is a speech sound where the air form the language is either completely blocked, or partially blocked, or where the opening between the speech organs is so narrow that the air escapes with audible friction.

5.    vowel (元音) is defined as a speech sound in which the air from the lungs is not blocked in any way and is pronounced with vocal-cord vibration.

6.    bilabials (双唇音) Bilabials means that consonants for which the flow of air is stopped or restricted by the two lips. [p] [b] [m] [w]

7.    affricates (塞擦音) The sound produced by stopping the airstream and then immediately releasing it slowly is called affricates. [tX] [dY] [tr] [dr]

8.    glottis (声门) Glottis is the space between the vocal cords.

9.    rounded vowel (圆唇元音) Rounded vowel is defined as the vowel sound pronounced by the lips forming a circular opening. [u:] [u] [OB] [O]

10.  diphthongs (双元音) Diphthongs are produced by moving from one vowel position to another through intervening positions.[ei][ai][Oi] [Qu][au]

11.  triphthongs (三合元音) Triphthongs are those which are produced by moving from one vowel position to another and then rapidly and continuously to a third one. [eiQ][aiQ][OiQ] [QuQ][auQ]

12.  lax vowels (松元音) According to distinction of long and short vowels, vowels are classified tense vowels and lax vowels. All the long vowels are tense vowels but of the short vowels,[e] is a tense vowel as well, and the rest short vowels are lax vowels.

 

1.   ★How are consonants classified in terms of different criteria?

The consonants in English can be described in terms of four dimensions.

1)    The position of the soft palate.

2)    The presence or the absence of vocal-cord vibration.

3)    The place of articulation.

4)    The manner of articulation.

 

2.    ★How are vowels classified in terms of different criteria?

Vowel sounds are differentiated by a number of factors.

1)    The state of the velum

2)    The position of the tongue.

3)    The openness of the mouth.

4)    The shape of the lips.

5)    The length of the vowels.

6)    The tension of the muscles at pharynx.

 

3.    ★What are the three sub-branches of phonetics? How do they differ from each other?

Phonetics has three sub-branches as following:

1)    Articulatory phonetics is the study of how speech organs produce the sounds is called articulatory phonetics.

2)    Acoustic phonetics is the study of the physical properties and of the transmission of speech sounds is called acoustic phonetics.

3)    Auditory phonetics is the study of the way hearers perceive speech sounds is called auditory phonetics.

 

4.    ★What are the commonly used phonetic features for consonants and vowels respectively?

I. The frequently used phonetic features for consonants include the following:

1)    Voiced.

2)    Nasal.

3)    Consonantal.

4)    Vocalic.

5)    Continuant.

6)    Anterior.

7)    Coronal.

8)    Aspirated.

II. The most common phonetic features for vowels include the following:

1)    High.

2)    Low.

3)    Front.

4)    Back.

5)    Rounded.

6)    Tense.

 


 

Chapter 4  Phonology 音位学

 

1.    phonemes (音位) Phonemes are minimal distinctive units in the sound system of a language.

2.    allophones (音位变体) Allophones are the phonetic variants and realizations of a particular phoneme.

3.    phones (单音) The smallest identifiable phonetic unit found in a stream of speech is called a phone.

4.    minimal pair (最小对立体) Minimal pair means words which differ from each other only by one sound.

5.    contrastive distribution (对比分布) If two or more sounds can occur in the same environment and the substitution of one sound for another brings about a change of meaning, they are said to be in contrastive distribution.

6.    complementary distribution (互补分布) If two or more sounds never appear in the same environment ,then they are said to be in complementary distribution.

7.    free variation (自由变异) When two sounds can appear in the same environment and the substitution of one for the other does not cause any change in meaning, then they are said to be in free variation.

8.    distinctive features (区别性特征) A distinctive feature is a feature which distinguishes one phoneme from another.(zikaoda.com)

9.    suprasegmental features (超切分特征) The distinctive (phonological) features which apply to groups larger than the single segment are known as suprasegmental features.

10.  tone languages (声调语言) Tone languages are those which use pitch to contrast meaning at word level.

11.  intonation languages (语调语言) Intonation languages are those which use pitch to distinguish meaning at phrase level or sentence level.

12.  juncture (连音) Juncture refers to the phonetic boundary features which may demarcate grammatical units.

 

1.   ★What are the differences between English phonetics and English phonology?

1)    Phonetics is the study of the production, perception, and physical properties of speech sounds, while phonology attempts to account for how they are combined, organized, and convey meaning in particular languages.

2)    Phonetics is the study of the actual sounds while phonology is concerned with a more abstract description of speech sounds and tries to describe the regularities of sound patterns.

2.    Give examples to illustrate the relationship between phonemes, phones and allophones.

When we hear [pit],[tip],[spit],etc, the similar phones we have heard are /p/. And /p/ and /b/ are separate phonemes in English, while [ph] and [p] are allophones.

3.    How can we decide a minimal pair or a minimal set?

A minimal pair should meet three conditions:

1)    The two forms are different in meaning.

2)    The two forms are different in one sound segment.

3)    The different sounds occur in the same position of the two strings.

4.    ★Use examples to explain the three types of distribution.

1)    Contrastive distribution. Sounds [m] in met and [n] in net are in contrastive distribution because substituting [m] for [n] will result in a change of meaning.

2)    Complementary distribution. The aspirated plosive [ph] and the unaspirated plosive [p] are in complementary distribution because the former occurs either initially in a word or initially in a stressed syllable while the latter never occurs in such environments.

3)    Free variation. In English, the word “direct” may be pronounce in two ways: /di’rekt/ and /dia’rekt/, and the two different sounds /i/ and /ai/ can be said to be in free variation.

 

5.    What’s the difference between segmental features and suprasegmental features? What are the suprasegmental features in English?

I. 1) Distinctive features, which are used to distinguish one phoneme from another and thus have effect on one sound segment, are referred to as segmental features.

  2) The distinctive (phonological) features which apply to groups larger than the single segment are known as suprasegmental features.

  3) Suprasegmental features may have effect on more than one sound segment. They may apply to a string of several sounds.

II.The main suprasegmental features include stress, tone, intonation and juncture.

 

6.    What’s the difference between tone languages and intonation language?

Tone languages are those which use pitch to contrast meaning at word level while intonation languages are those which use pitch to distinguish meaning at phrase level or sentence level

 

7.    ★What’s the difference between phonetic transcriptions and phonemic transcriptions?

The former was meant to symbolize all possible speech sounds, including even the most minute shades of pronunciation, while the latter was intended to indicate only those sounds capable of distinguishing one word from another in a given language.

 

 




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