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1. Which of the following best reflects what it means to say "language is conventional"?

A. Truth is a matter of definition.
B. There are rules that determine how we communicate with each other.
C. Language is totally arbitrary.
D. Language is full of pathos.

2. Fill in the blank: While the meaning of what we say depends on conventions, the ____________ of what we say depends on facts about the world.

A. truth
B. syntax
C. semantics
D. chaos

3. Which of the following is not clearly a convention concerning linguistic acts?

A. rules that determine whether sentences are true or false
B. rules that determine what is done in saying something
C. rules that determine whether there are facts in the world
D. rules that assign meaning to individual words

4. The following is an explicit performative (spoken by an umpire): "You are out!"

A. true
B. false

5. The following is an explicit performative (spoken by me): "I agree with you."

A. true
B. false

6. The following is an explicit performative (spoken by a friend): "I'll meet you tomorrow."

A. true
B. false

7. Which of the following is not a conversational rule?

A. relevance
B. quality
C. ethos
D. quantity

8. A conversational act is what I do by saying something.

A. true
B. false

9. A linguistic act is the act of saying something meaningful.

A. true
B. false

10. A speech act issolelyan act of saying something meaningful.

A. true
B. false

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