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Obtaining Linguistic Data IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘Obtaining Linguistic Data’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1 – 14. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that  help you find out the answers.

Obtaining Linguistic Data

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Answers

Question number  Answer  Keywords  Location of keywords
1 D People talk abnormally when they know they are being recorded, and sound quality can be poor. Paragraph D;

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2 E Where possible, therefore, the recording has to be supplemented by the observer’s written comments on the non-verbal behaviour of the participants, Paragraph E;

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3 C Age, sex, social background and other aspects of identity are important, as these factors are known to influence the kind of language used. Paragraph C;

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4 D Alternatively, attempts can be made to make the speaker forget about the recording, such as keeping the tape recorder out of sight, or using radio microphones. Paragraph D;

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5 F Linguists also make great use of structured sessions, in which they systematically ask their informants for utterances that describe certain actions, objects or behaviours. Paragraph F;

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6 (the) linguist (acts)/ (the) linguists (act) Often, when studying their mother tongue, linguists act as their own informants, Paragraph B;

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7 foreign languages The latter procedure is unavoidable when working on foreign languages, or child speech. Paragraph B;

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8 quality/ the quality/ the poor quality People talk abnormally when they know they are being recorded, and sound quality can be poor. Paragraph D;

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9 non-verbal behaviour  Where possible, therefore, the recording has to be supplemented by the observer’s written comments on the non-verbal behaviour of the participants, Paragraph E;

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10 camera/ video camera/ recording/ video recording Video recordings avoid these problems to a large extent, but even they have limitations (the camera cannot be everywhere), Paragraph E;

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11 frequency of usage/ usage frequency A corpus enables the linguist to make unbiased statements about frequency of usage Paragraph G;

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12 particular linguistic feature Some corpora attempt to cover the language as a whole, taking extracts from many kinds of text; others are extremely selective, providing a collection of material that deals only with a particular linguistic feature Paragraph G;

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13 size The size of the corpus depends on practical factors, such as the time available to collect, process and store the data Paragraph G;

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14 intuitions An important principle is that all corpora, whatever their size, are inevitably limited in their coverage, and always need to be supplemented by data derived from the intuitions of native speakers of the language, through either introspection or experimentation. Paragraph G;

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